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Posted: April 12, 2000

Brooklyn's Poet Laureate to Wax at CSUS

A bit of Brooklyn will come to Sacramento when the borough's poet laureate Dennis Nurkse gives a free talk from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 2 in the University Union California Suite.

Nurkse has been published and featured in The New Yorker several times. He has published six collections of poetry - many with works written in the style of celebrated American poets Walt Whitman and Marianne Moore. Nurkse's latest collection of poetry is Leaving Xaia.

CSUS English professor Mary Mackey says Nurkse's poetry is accessible to readers. "It has a narrative quality that readers respond to," Mackey says. "He never has a word out of place."

Nurkse's work has appeared in several poetry periodicals including The American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, The Manhattan Review and The Manhattan Poetry Review. In 1996 he wrote the inaugural poem for the National Endowment for the Arts Web page.

Nurkse has won the Whiting Writers Award, the Owl Creek Press Book competition, and the MacDowell and Yaddo fellowships.

More information is available by calling Mackey at (916) 278-5735. Media information is available by calling the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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