The Creative-Writing Reading Series is thrilled to bring to Colorado for National Poetry Month internationally acclaimed poet Robert Hass, former US poet laureate, and poet Brenda Hillman (2013 National Book Award finalist) for a free public poetry reading & discussion of the vital link between poetry and ecology.

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30PM at CSU’s Lory Student Center in the North Ballroom. Hass and Hillman are among our most important contemporary American poets. This is a rare opportunity to hear them, given their limited travel schedule. Please join us for this very special event. The reading is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize, among other accolades, Hass has been a tireless advocate for public engagement of poetry and co-founded River of Words, which seeks to engage schoolchildren in eco-literacy by providing teachers with interactive, interdisciplinary curricula. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Poet Brenda Hillman is the author of nine books of poetry and winner of a Guggenheim, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as a Pulitzer Prize nominee and 2013 National Book Award finalist.

The Reading Series encourages community involvement in and awareness of the literary arts and seeks to engage a broad spectrum of the community across disciplines, within and beyond the university. Special thanks to CSU’s Department of English, Dean Ann Gill, the College of Liberal Arts, OGSW, and ASCSU for their generous support of this event.