Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Award-Winning Poet, to Read at University of Idaho Nov. 7

Friday, October 19 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – Gabrielle Calvocoressi, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, will read from her work and sign books Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Law School Courtroom, located in the Menard Law Building on the University of Idaho campus.

“Gabrielle’s poems focus on people and places that most of us recognize,” said Doug Heckman, University of Idaho MFA creative writing program director. “The magic is in how she makes these common subjects beautiful and uniquely powerful.” 

The reading is free and open to the public.

Calvocoressi is the author of two books, “The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart,” which won the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry, and “Apocalyptic Swing,” a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  

Other awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and a Rona Jaffe Women Writers' Award. Her poem "Circus Fire, 1944" received The Paris Review's Bernard F. Connors Prize. She teaches at the MFA programs at California College of Arts in San Francisco and at Warren Wilson College. She also runs the Sports Desk for the Best American Poetry Blog.

Calvocoressi will visit the University of Idaho campus as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer series.

Sponsored by the University of Idaho English department, the Distinguished Visiting Writer series brings writers of national significance to work with University of Idaho students and present their work at a public reading.

Future readings in the 2012-2013 series will include Rebecca Solnit on Jan. 30, 2013 and Adam Johnson on April 10, 2013.  

For more information on this and other MFA creative writing events and programs, please visit: or contact Heckman at  
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