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Poet Michael Suarez to Read Feb. 24 in Wilson Library


Poets in Person and on the Page: A Reading by Michael Suarez, S.J.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
5 p.m. Reception | 5:45 p.m. Program
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, will give a poetry reading in a free public program Feb. 24 in the Wilson Special Collections Library. The program, sponsored by the Rare Book Collection in Wilson Library, will inaugurate a series that engages listeners with the collection’s rich holdings of early and original editions of poetry.

Suarez will read a selection of his own poetry and will also read from the 1907 edition of James Joyce’s Chamber Music, a book donated to the Rare Book Collection by James R. and Mary M. Patton.

“Michael Suarez is the ideal individual to inaugurate this series and reflect on the differences between voice and printed page,” said Curator of Rare Books Claudia Funke. “We hope to show why these printings still matter in the age of paperback re-editions and Internet accessibility to poetry.”

Suarez, a Jesuit priest, is professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. He became director of Virginia’s Rare Book School in 2009, following the retirement of its founder, Terry Belanger.

A former Marshall Scholar, Suarez has won several awards for his poetry, including Oxford’s Sir Roger Newdigate Prize, as well as for bibliography and literary criticism. He holds two bachelor’s degrees (with majors in biology, English, and sociology), four master’s degrees in English and theology, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Oxford.

Suarez is a former president of the Northeast American Society for 18th-Century Studies. Among his many scholarly works is an edition of Robert Dodsley’s Collection of Poems by Several Hands (1748-58), a best-selling poetry anthology in 18th-century Britain. He has co-edited The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume 5, 1695-1830, and The Oxford Companion to the Book. He is general co-editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Oxford University Press).

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