UNH Honors Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall Nov. 9

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Caption: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall will read at the University of New Hampshire Library Nov. 9.

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Library will honor former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. with a reading and reception in the Courtyard Reading Room on the fifth floor of Dimond Library. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required online or by calling (603) 862-1541.

Author of numerous books of poetry and prose, Hall is a longtime resident of New Hampshire. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford and taught at the University of Michigan. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and served as New Hampshire poet laureate from 1984-1989 and 1995-1999 before being named the 2006-2007 U.S. poet laureate.

New Hampshire author Mike Pride, former editor of the Concord Monitor, and poet Wesley McNair will discuss Hall’s life and work, and then Hall will read from his poetry collections. A book signing will follow and Hall’s books will be available for purchase.

Milne Special Collections and Archives will be open prior to the reading so that attendees may view a display of Hall’s published poetry and nonfiction. Special Collections and Archives houses the Donald A. Hall Collection, containing his correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera, along with his library of 7,000 volumes of modern poetry. It also maintains and makes available for research more than 18,000 linear feet of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and other materials related to the university and the Granite State.

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Caption: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall will read at the University of New Hampshire Library Nov. 9.
Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.