University of Pittsburgh
March 30, 2004

Pitt to Host April 14 Reading by Poet Jan Beatty in Celebration of National Poetry Month

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Jan Beatty, poet and media consultant to Autumn House Press, will give a free reading in celebration of National Poetry Month at noon April 14 at the University of Pittsburgh Book Center, 4000 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Beatty, a part-time writing instructor at Pitt, will read from her latest collection of poetry, Boneshaker (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002). She won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first collection, Mad River (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995), and the State Street Chapbook Prize for Ravenous (State Street Press, 1995). She also received the 1990 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in 2000.

Beatty's poems have appeared in such journals as the Indiana Review, Witness, and Poetry East. Her work has been in anthologies published by the University of Illinois Press, Kent State University Press, and the University of Iowa Press.

For the past nine years, Beatty has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WYEP-FM, which features the work of national and international writers.

This event is sponsored by The Book Center and Autumn House Press.

For more information, contact Russell Kierzkowski at 412-648-1453.