2014 UNT Rilke Prize winner to read from her work at UNT

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 13:09

What: The last speaker in the University of North Texas Spring 2014 Visiting Writers Series, Katie Peterson, will answer student questions, read from her works and sign her books. Peterson is the winner of the 2014 UNT Rilke Prize given by the UNT Department of English.

When: April 8 (Tuesday).The question and answer session will be held at 4 p.m. and the reading will be at 8 p.m.

Where: The question and answer session will be in Room 103 of Curry Hall, 200 Avenue A, Denton. The reading and book signing will be in Room 180 of the Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland, Denton.

Cost: Free

Contact: Lisa Vining at Lisa.Vining@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas --  Katie Peterson, winner of the UNT Rilke Prize given by the University of North Texas Department of English, will visit UNT April 8 (Tuesday) to read from her work. Peterson is the last speaker of the Spring 2014 UNT Visiting Writers Series.

At 8 p.m. she will read from her work and sign her book in Room 180 of the Business Leadership Building (1307 W. Highland, Denton) and hold a Q & A with students at 4 p.m. in Room 103 of Curry Hall (200 Avenue A, Denton).

The $10,000 Rilke Prize, which has been given annually since 2012, recognizes a book written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision. This year's award was announced on March 4. The judges awarded the 2014 UNT Rilke Prize to Peterson for her third book "The Accounts."

Judges Corey Marks, director of UNT's Creative Writing Program, and Bruce Bond, Regents Professor of English, said Peterson "explores with tremendous lyric precision and emotional power not merely the heartbreak of personal tragedy but also the desire to make a beleaguered world new against the pressure of loss."

Peterson earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University and a doctoral degree at Harvard University. She is a professor of poetry at Tufts University and has won several awards for her other books "Permission" and "This One Tree."

The Department of English will also host a second reading for Peterson April 9 (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2719 Routh St.

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