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Kentucky author and activist Wendell Berry to give poetry reading at Transylvania on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

Wendell BerryLEXINGTON, Ky.—Wendell Berry, Kentucky native, environmental activist and author of more than 40 books, will read from his recent poetry at Transylvania Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the William T. Young Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the poetry reading.

Berry has received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Vachel Lindsay Prize from “Poetry” and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Berry’s essays have covered everything from agriculture to global economics, and his poetic subjects include everything from the Kentucky countryside to the Vietnam War. He lives and works with his wife, Tanya, on their farm in Port Royal.

Berry was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, and received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Berry taught at the University of Kentucky from 1964-77 and from 1987-93. He has also taught at Stanford University, New York University and Georgetown College.

The lecture is sponsored by the Delcamp Visiting Writer series.

For more information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.

10/13/2008

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