German-Spanish writer José F.A. Oliver will read and discuss his poetry at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Weaver Room at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. A discussion will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Oliver will read in German and in translation at the reading. El Mercurio newspaper in Santiago, Chile, has called Oliver one of the most "important poets of his generation in Germany" and one of the most significant inter-cultural writers of German language today.
Oliver writes predominantly in German but is also influenced by Spanish poets, such as Federico García Lorca. To date, he has published more than 12 volumes of poetry and has received numerous awards. In 1997, he was awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the most prestigious award for an inter-cultural author in Germany. Oliver was also guest professor and writer-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 2007.
This event is sponsored by the Montana State University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.
For more information about this and other Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/speakers.html, or call 994-4288.
Marc Mueller (406) 994-5502, email@example.com