April 19, 1999

Poet Li-Young Lee to read at Cornell April 29

 Poet Li-Young Lee will read from his work Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, on the Cornell University campus. The reading is free and open to the public.

Lee, the 1990 winner of the prestigious Lamont Poetry Prize, is author of three volumes of poetry: Rose, The City in Which I Love You and The Winged Seed. Among his honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writer's Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

"For me, Li-Young Lee's poems return us to the heart, in a time when it is neither fashionable to be passionate nor to be outwardly vulnerable," said Ken McClane, the W.E.B. DuBois Professor of English at Cornell. "His poems, miraculously, blend the modern and the traditional. And like Rilke, Lee's poems glisten with revelation."

Lee's poetry has appeared in several major literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, Ironwood and Ploughshares. His poems have also been selected for inclusion in three different editions of "The Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses."

Lee's reading is sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts, the Cornell Creative Writing Program and the Robert Chasen Poetry Series.