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Wallace Stevens program to present poet Alice Fulton

- April 14, 2008

Acclaimed poet Alice Fulton will read from her work during the 45th annual presentation of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program on April 22 and 23.

The program, which is presented by the English department in association with The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. and The Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens, will also showcase the student winners of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest.

Fulton has published six acclaimed works of poetry and a book of prose. She has received many fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, Parnassus, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and The Atlantic Monthly.

Her work has also been included in five editions of The Best American Poetry series, including the 10th anniversary edition, The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-1997.

The first reading will take place on April 22 at 1:15 p.m. at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Fulton will be joined by John Harrity, the high school winner of the Wallace Stevens prize and a Hartford resident, who will read the poem that earned him the scholarship.

The second reading will take place on April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Fulton will be joined by University winners Michael Pontacoloni, Katrina Leno, and Matthew Harding.

Pontacoloni, this year’s first-place winner, is an English major and geology minor from Windsor. He also won the McPeek Scholarship Essay Competition earlier this year.

He says he has been influenced by Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop, and Paul Muldoon.

Leno, who won second place, is an English major from Somers. She considers Donald Barthelme, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Russell Edson, and Roald Dahl as the main influences on her.

Harding, the third-place winner, is an English major from Enfield and a repeat winner of the Wallace Stevens prize. He cites An Orange Message by William Stafford as the earliest influence on his writing.

The mission of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program is to promote poetry at UConn and in the Hartford area by offering two poetry readings each spring by a poet of national or international reputation.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the events or the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, please visit UConn’s Creative Writing Program web site.

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