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November 1, 2002

Poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe to Read November 4

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Wustralian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe will read from his work and discuss Australian poetry on Monday, November 4, at 4 pm in Mary Woolley Hall's New York Room. His presentation, part of the English department's series of readings by contemporary writers, is cosponsored by the English department and the Odyssey Bookshop.

"Chris Wallace-Crabbe is one of the liveliest voices in the lively Australian poetry scene. A formal dexterity and moral seriousness underlie even his most colloquial and amusing poems," said Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Mary Jo Salter, who is moderating a panel on Australian poetry at Harvard University's conference Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World. The conference began October 31 and will continue through November 2.

In addition to prose works, literary criticism, and varied anthologies, Wallace-Crabbe has published fourteen volumes of poetry, including For Crying Out Loud (Oxford University Press, 1990), Rungs of Time (Oxford University Press, 1993), and Whirling (Oxford University Press, 1998). He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1984 and is winner of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry (1986), the Dublin Prize for the Arts and Sciences (1987), the Human Rights Award for Poetry (1992), and the D.J. O'Hearn Prize for Poetry (1995).

Wallace-Crabbe has traveled worldwide on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Council. He has taught at Harvard University and numerous other institutions in Britain, the United States, Italy, and his natal Melbourne—a city, he writes, that "bloats / Between the plains of water and of loam . . . . ," where " . . . . chocolate soil throws up its harvest of / Imported and deciduous platitudes, . . . ," a city where "much has died" and "little has been born."

As director of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, Wallace-Crabbe placed particular stress on the unique development of Australian culture and on the ways in which it relates to the cultures of other nations. He is now emeritus professor of the Australian Centre and continues to share his work around the world. His most recent book of poetry, By and Large (Carcanet, 2001), will be for sale at the reading.

The next reading sponsored by the English department will feature several MHC students of creative writing. That event will take place Monday, December 2, at the Odyssey Bookshop at 4 pm.

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