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Internationally Known Poet to Give Reading at Georgian Court

Poet Paul Mariani Will Read from His Extensive Collection on Apr. 28

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 13, 2011—Join Georgian Court University for a poetry reading by critically acclaimed poet, literary critic, and biographer Paul Mariani on Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. The reading is being sponsored by the Department of English and the Honors Program.

“His poetry is often autobiographical and touches upon the subjects of work, family, and faith,” says Paul Cappucci, GCU department chair and associate professor of English. “Dr. Mariani is an esteemed figure in the world of American poetry and the Department of English and the Honors Program are thrilled that he will be visiting Georgian Court for this reading.”

A book signing will follow the reading. Several of Dr. Mariani’s books will be available for purchase on site.

The reading is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please contact Dr. Cappucci at 732.987.2310 or

About Paul Mariani
Paul Mariani was born in New York City in 1940 and grew up there and on Long Island in a working-class family. He earned his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College, a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

Dr. Mariani has published over 200 essays and reviews and is the author of sixteen books, including five biographies and six volumes of poetry: Deaths & Transfigurations (2005), The Great Wheel (1996), Salvage Operations: New & Selected Poems (1990), Prime Mover (1985), Crossing Cocytus (1982), and Timing Devices (1979).

He has published numerous books of prose, including Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius (2002), and God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable (2002). Other books include A Useable Past: Essays, 1973–1983 (1984), William Carlos Williams: The Poet and His Critics (1975), and A Commentary on the Complete Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1970). His biographies include The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane (1999) and Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell (1994), both named New York Times Notable Books of the year; Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman (1990); and William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked (1981), which won the New Jersey Writers Award, was short-listed for an American Book Award, and was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the year. His latest biography, Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life (2008), was listed among the Washington Post’s “Best Books of 2008.”

Dr. Mariani has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has lectured and read from his own work across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also served as poetry editor of America: The Jesuit Weekly from 2000-2006. He was the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 until 2000, and is currently a university professor of English at Boston College. Dr. Mariani is currently working on a biography of Wallace Stevens and a memoir of growing up in New York in the 1940s.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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