An Evening with Adrienne Rich

Monday, 22 Sep 2008 at 8:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Adrienne Rich is a poet, nonfiction writer and feminist icon. Her poetry and prose are taught in literature, creative writing, and gender and gay studies courses across the country and abroad. In 2006, she was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation "in recognition of her incomparable influence and achievement as a poet and nonfiction writer. For more than fifty years, her eloquent and visionary writings have shaped the world of poetry as well as feminist and political thought." She is the author of more than sixteen volumes of poetry.The 2008 Goldtrap Lecture.
This lecture was made possible in part by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in Altoona, Illinois, grew up in Rockwell City, graduated from Grinnell College and Harvard Law School and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before returning to Rockwell City to manage his family's farm holdings and to practice law. His will helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the annual earnings on which, in part, helped to support this activity.

Cosponsored By:
  • Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
  • Creative Writing Program
  • English / Goldtrap Lecture Fund
  • English Club
  • George Gund Fund
  • LAS Miller Lecture Fund
  • Margaret Sloss Women's Center
  • Women's Studies Program
  • YWCA Ames-ISU
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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