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Poet Seamus Heaney Reads at Tonight’s Lowell Lecture

Nobel Prize winner joined by lecturer David Ferry, alum Peter Campion

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Click on the video above to watch David Ferry read at the Creative Writing Program Faculty Reading on January 30, 2007.

Nobel Prize–winning poet Seamus Heaney will join David Ferry, an Arts and Sciences lecturer in creative writing, and Peter Campion (GRS’00) for a reading and book signing at the University’s Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Photonics Center. The semiannual lecture, which features a distinguished writer and a faculty member and an alum from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Creative Writing Program, honors the former BU professor who taught young poets Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and George Starbuck in the late 1950s.

Heaney, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, is the author of more than 40 works of poetry, prose, and translation, including 1999’s Beowulf: A New Verse Translation and 2004’s The Burial at Thebes: a Version of Sophocles’ Antigone. His most recent poetry collection, 2006’s District and Circle, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize by the British Poetry Book Society. He is a member of Aosdana, the Irish academy of artists and writers, and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Ferry, the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, has written several books of poetry and translation, including the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize–winning Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations, The Eclogues of Virgil, The Odes of Horace: A Translation, Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations, Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse, Strangers: A Book of Poems, On the Way to the Island, and The Limits of Mortality: An Essay on Wordsworth’s Major Poems. Ferry’s awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Campion is currently an assistant professor of English at Washington College in Maryland. His poetry collection Other People was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005, and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Modern Painters, Parnassus, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Tikkun, and The Yale Review. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and held a George Starbuck Lectureship at BU.

The Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Series is funded by Nancy Livingston (COM’69) and her husband, Fred Levin, through the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

The Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture is on Thursday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 206. For more information, contact Brandy Barents at 617-353-2821 or barents@bu.edu.

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