Denison's Beck Lecture Series Welcomes Deborah Digges
Posted: October 11, 2004
The Denison University Beck Lecture Series presents poet Deborah Digges at 8 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 18) in the Board Room of Barney Davis Hall (200 West Loop Road on the Denison campus). The lecture is free and open to the public.
Digges, who is visiting Denison under the Ohio Poetry Circuit program, is the author of three books of poems. Her first book, "Vesper Sparrows," won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize from New York University. Her other volumes of poetry include "Late in the Millennium," published in 1989, and "Rough Music," which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize, and was published in 1995. Her most recent book is "Trapeze." She also has written two memoirs, "Fugitive Spring" and "The Stardust Lounge."
Digges work has received many awards including grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Digges earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California-Riverside and a master's degree in English from the University of Missouri. Digges also attended the Iowa Writers Workshop where she was awarded a teaching-writing fellowship and a master of fine arts degree in poetry. She is a professor of English at Tufts University. Her poems have appeared in the "Atlantic Monthly," "The New Yorker," and "Salmungundi."
The Beck Lecture Series was endowed in memory of Harriet Ewens Beck to bring outstanding writers to the Denison campus. The series has hosted such writers as Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Tom Stoppard and W.S. Merwin. Under the sponsorship fund, each year 10 to 12 writers read from their works and participate in master classes.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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