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2004 Featured Speakers

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Robert Pinsky

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Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1940. Pinsky was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997-2000 and is the poetry editor of the online journal Slate. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

He has published several books of poetry including Jersey Rain, An Explanation of America (a book length poem), History of My Heart, and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, which was nominated for Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and also received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. Pinsky has also published a collection of essays, Poetry and the World, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism and a new verse translation, The Inferno of Dante.

Laura Furman

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Laura Furman was born in Brooklyn, New York in1945 and received her B.A. in English from Bennington College in Vermont in 1968. In 1978 she moved to Houston to serve as the senior editor of Houston City Magazine and since then has continued to live in Texas. In 1983 she began her career at the University of Texas at Austin Department of English as a lecturer, and is currently serving as an Associate Professor of English at the University.

Furman has published two novels; The Shadow Line, Tuxedo Park; one memoir, Ordinary Paradise; three collections of short stories; The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, Drinking with the Cook and an anthology; Bookworms: Great Writers and Readers Celebrate Reading with Elinore Standard. Furman has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship. She founded the literary journal American Short Fiction which was three times nominated for the National Magazine Award.
Kenneth Brewer

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Kenneth Brewer was born in Indianapolis in 1942 and came West to attend Western New Mexico University and later New Mexico State University where he earned a master's degree in English literature. In 1973, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Utah while teaching at Utah State University. Brewer retired from teaching at USU in 2000. In 2003, Brewer was selected to serve as Utah's Poet Laureate until January of 2008.

Brewer has published eight books of poetry including The Place In Between; Lake's Edge and Hoping for all, Dreading Nothing, and has published over 300 poems, essays, and reviews in literary journals though out the United States and Canada.

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