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La Sociedad para las Artes at New Mexico State presents poetry reading

Published poet Dana Levin will be featured in La Sociedad para las Artes' Spring 2003 Visiting Author Series at New Mexico State University Friday, Feb. 21.

ding will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hardman Hall Room 106.

Levin is director of the Creative Writing Program at The College of Santa Fe and was chosen for the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for her book "In the Surgical Theatre." The book also has received the 2000 Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2000 Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Writers Award, The John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares and was a finalist for the 2000 Lenore Marshall Prize.

Levin, who grew up in the Mojave Desert in California, attended Pitzer College and the graduate creative writing program at New York University. Her work has appeared in "American Poetry: The Next Generation" published by Carnegie Mellon, "My Business is Circumference: Poets on Influence and Mastery" published by Paul Dry Books and many national magazines. She is a 1999 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and 2001 Lannan Residency Fellow.

Levin will be joined by graduate student Tim Staley who will be reading from his thesis.

The reading is free and open to the public. Non-perishable food donations for Casa de Peregrinos will be accepted at the door.

For more information about the Visiting Author Series, contact Staley at (505) 532-2074.