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Poet Paige Ackerson-Kiely reads from her recent work on October 7, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar’s Department of English will host a reading by Poets & Writers Writers' Exchange prizewinner, Paige Ackerson- Kiely, on Tuesday, October 7. The reading will start at 5:30 pm in Vassar’s Class of ’51 Reading Room in the Thompson Memorial Library, and is free and open to the public.

The author’s first book of poems, In No One’s Land, was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Powell chose the anthology from among 500 entries, describing it as “edgy and lurid.”

Ackerson-Kiely, who is portrayed by Seven Days, a Burlington (VT) newspaper, as possessing “a voice at once seductive, reckless and sad,” has also received awards from the Vermont Arts Council and the Jentel Artist Residency Program

Ackerson-Kiely was born in Biddeford (ME), and received her bachelor of arts degree in Asian studies from the University of New Mexico. She is currently the writer-in-residence at the Willowell Foundation, a Monkton (VT) nonprofit organization, and co-editor of Handsome, a poetry journal.

Her work has appeared in literary publications such as Ninth Letter, Pleiades and Bellingham Review.

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at www.vassar.edu/directions .

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 12, 2008