Award-winning poet to visit at Hendrix


Renowned poet and translator Arthur Sze will visit Hendrix College this Spring as the 2012-13 Murphy Visiting Poet. Described as “a poet of clarity and compassion” by the poet Jackson McLow, Sze is a highly sought-after teacher and presenter. He has served as poet-in-residence at Mary Baldwin College, Washington University and most recently Centre College.

Sze visits Conway to present “An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Arthur Sze,”on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in New York City to Chinese immigrants, Sze attended the University of California at Berkeley where he was inspired by Denise Levertov to study poetry. Speaking on Sze’s contributions to the art of poetry, Naomi Shihab Nye has said, “Arthur Sze’s work has long been a nourishing tonic for the mind — presences of the natural world, wide consciousness and time, combine in exquisitely shaped and weighted lines and stanzas to create a poetry of deep attunement and lyrical precision. Sze’s ongoing generous exchange with Asian poets and devotion to translation in collections such as ‘The Silk Dragon,’ enriches the canon of world poetry immeasurably.”

Sze is the author of eight collections of poetry including “The Red-Shifting Web” and “Quipu” and most recently, “The Gingko Light.”


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