Department of English

2013 O'Brien Poetry Event

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, November 1, 2013, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, Portland
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Pam LaRiviere
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The University of Southern Maine Department of English is pleased to present the

2013 O’Brien Poetry Event

Charles Simic

2007 U.S Poet Laureate

“Charles Simic arcs out into the mysterious depths of his own life only to circle back.... This is a poet who won’t blink.”
John Freeman, Boston Globe


Friday, November 1, 2013

University Events Room

7th Floor, Glickman Library


Question and Answer Period: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Reading: 5:00 p.m.

Charles Simic emigrated from Yugoslavia in the wake of World War II.  His first book, What the Grass Says,was published in 1967, and since then, Simic has published more than 60 books internationally. 

Simic has been honored many times over, with the Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 2007.  Simic is Emeritus Professor of the University of New Hampshire.