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Award-Winning Poet to Read Works at ASU

March 29, 2012

National Poetry Series (NPS) winner Carrie Fountain will read from her award-winning book Burn Lake and other works on Thursday, April 5, at Angelo State University as part of ASU’s National Poetry Month observance.

Fountain’s reading will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of the Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive on the ASU campus.  The program is open free to the public. 

Joining her in the reading will be Dr. Laurence Musgrove, head of the ASU Department of English and Modern Languages, and ASU creative writing faculty members Drs. Terry Dalrymple, Chris Ellery and John Wegner.  Fountain will also visit Ellery’s Poetry Workshop class and Musgrove’s Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing class. 

Burn Lake is a collection of poems about rapid changes in the American Southwest and the journey of Don Juan de Onate to New Mexico from Mexico City in the 1500s to settle the area for Spanish royalty.  It was chosen for the NPS award by 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Tretheway, who is also poet laureate of Mississippi.  The NPS is a literary awards program that sponsors the publication of five books of poetry each year after an open competition. 

Originally from Mesilla, N.M., Fountain received a fellowship from the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers.  She won Swink Magazine’s Award for Emerging Writers and the Marlboro Review’s Prize for Poetry.  She has written for the Texas Observer, and served as poetry columnist for the Austin American-Statesman.  Her work has also appeared in Cimarron Review, Black Warrior Review, 32 Poems and Missouri Review online.  She is an assistant professor of English, writing and rhetoric, and creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin. 

For more information, call the ASU Department of English and Modern Languages at 325-942-2273.


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