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Two Respected Bay Area Poets to Read at NDNU's Creative Writers' Series, October 25

Belmont, CA, October 16, 2007 — Two well-known local poets will read from their published work, discuss work in progress, and share their experiences on the literary scene at a presentation of Notre Dame de Namur University’s Creative Writers’ Series 2007-2008 on Thursday, October 25.

Poets, Robin and Keith Ekiss, husband and wife, currently reside in San Francisco and enjoy a local following. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wiegand Gallery located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The series is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.

“It promises to be a great evening, as we’ll explore the work of two extraordinary poets,” said Jacqueline Berger, NDNU’s Director of the Master of Arts in English program.

Keith Ekiss is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University. He’s the past recipient of scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ Conferences, Santa Fe Art Institute, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Petrified National Forest National Park. His poems, and his translations of the Costa Rican Poet Eunice Odio, have appeared in Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, New England Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Christian Science Monitor, and the web at Agni Online, Blackbird, and Poetry Daily.

“Keith approaches nature with the intimacy and care one more often reserves for a beloved,” Berger said. “Yet he rejects sentimentality in favor of a deeper emotion. He locates himself in geography, the desert, the ocean, and brings to life fully embodied poems. They have weight and weather. And the reader, invited, can enter.”

Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, VQR, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. Her first manuscript has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and Walt Whitman Award.

“Robin Ekiss traverses the strange, entering boxes feet first like winter onions putting down shoots, being sawed in two and emerging intact,” Berger said. “Hers is the landscape we all enter nightly through our dreams, those odd nocturnal rewrites of the day's concerns. Her lushly descriptive poems take us to the far side of the mountain, and from there encourage us to view our lives anew.”

For more information regarding NDNU’s Creative Writers’ Series 2007-2008, contact the University’s English Department at (650) 508-3730.