by Public Relations Office
April 8, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will host nationally-known poet Donald Hall as he reads from his newest book of poems, "The Painted Bed," on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Hall will read in the Recital Hall of the Dixon Ministry Center on the Cedarville University campus. A reception and book signing will follow at 8 p.m.
"The Painted Bed" is Hall’s sixteenth book of poetry. He has also charmed readers with 22 books of prose in addition to plays, children’s books, essays, and short stories in his 50-plus years as a writer. While Hall has written about topics from baseball to New England country life, some of his best-known work expressively describes the cancer struggle and death of his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, and his life without her. (In 1993, Hall and Kenyon were featured on "Bill Moyers’ Journal" in an hour-long program called “A Life Together.” The episode won an Emmy in 1994.)
Born in Connecticut and a resident of rural New Hampshire, Hall has twice been named Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. In 1991 he received the Robert Frost Silver Medal from the Poetry Society of America, and in 1992 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project. In 1994 he received the Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry.
In 1989 Hall’s book "The One Day" received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. That same year he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His poetry book "The Happy Man" received the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Award as the best book of poems for 1996, and in 1999 his book "Without" won the PEN-Winship Award, making it the best book of 1998, in any category, by a New England writer. Hall’s work has been printed in numerous magazines, newspapers, and reviews, including "Harper’s," "The Atlantic Monthly," and "The New Yorker."
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Hall has received a plethora of honorary degrees from prestigious schools. He has also held two Guggenheim fellowships and fellowships at Oxford and Stanford.
Hall’s poetry reading and reception are sponsored by the department of language and literature at Cedarville University. Admission is free and the public is invited. For information, call 937-766-7740 or visit http://people.cedarville.edu/employee/harners/hall.htm.