| FOR IMMEDIATE
David Havird, Department of English, 318-869-5085 or 869-5254, or
Lynn Stewart, Centenary
News Service, 318-869-5120 or 869-7265
Poet C. K. Williams to Receive Corrington Award for Literary Excellence
Oct. 25 at Centenary College of Louisiana
SHREVEPORT, LA -- The
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. K. Williams will receive the 12th annual
John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence and read from his
work at Centenary College on Thursday, Oct. 25. The ceremony will
take place at 7 p.m. in the Smith Building's Kilpatrick Auditorium on the
Centenary campus. Sponsored by the Student Government Association
and the English Department, the event is free and open to the public.
The author of numerous
volumes of poetry, Williams may be best known for Tar, which Random
House published in 1983. In this influential book, Williams perfected
a characteristic style whose features include long lines, everyday language,
and urban images. Williams often writes about
the down-and-out in
decaying cities. His poems also explore the complex relationship
between parents and children and husbands and wives. His most recent
volume of poetry, Repair, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.
Williams's 1994 Selected
Poems is his most comprehensive single volume. Spanning 25 years,
it includes poems from seven previously published books and 13 new poems.
The critic James Marcus called Williams's Selected Poems "a superb
distillate of his work" and observed: "It tracks his development from an
Angry (no, make that Apoplectic) Young Man of the '60s, assembling cluster
bombs of imagery in the basement, into the Middle-Aged Wizard of the last
decade, whose endless, intricate lines seem scarcely adequate to contain
their payload of perception and experience."
Williams is most recently
the author of a memoir, Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself,
published last year. He is also the translator of a popular version
of The Bacchae, a play by the ancient Greek dramatist Euripides.
Born in 1936 in Newark,
N.J., Williams was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He has
taught writing and literature at Columbia University in New York City and
at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Since 1996, he has been
a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
In addition to the
2000 Pulitzer Prize for Repair, Williams has received the 1987 National
Book Critics Circle Award for Flesh and Blood and a Guggenheim Fellowship
of the Corrington Award were Eudora Welty, Ernest J. Gaines, James Dickey,
Miller Williams, Lee Smith, Paul Auster, Elizabeth Spencer, Anthony Hecht,
Richard Wilbur, Eleanor Wilner, and Richard Powers.
The Corrington Award
is named for the Centenary alumnus and author of the short novel "Decoration
Day" who died in 1988. The award takes the form of a bronze medal
designed by the internationally acclaimed Louisiana sculptor Clyde Connell.
A unique feature of
the award is that all first-year students at Centenary read a book by the
recipient. For several years, Williams's version of The Bacchae
has been an important book in the fall semester
This year students are reading, in addition to The Bacchae, Williams's
For further information,
contact Dr. David Havird, Department of English, 318-869-5085 or 869-5254.
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