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THE AQUINAS COLLEGE CONTEMPORARY WRITERS SERIES PRESENTS AWARD-WINNING POET, ERIC PANKEY - Mar 24, 2003

March 24, 2003 - Eric Pankey, author of five books of poetry, will be the speaker at the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series reading on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Aquinas Wege Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and the public is welcome.

Pankey, Associate Professor of English, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first book, For the New Year, at age 25. He has written four other books Heartwood, Apocrypha, The Late Romances, and most recently, Cenotraph. Pankey has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Grant.

His essays, reviews and poems have appeared in many publications including The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, Partisan Review, The New Yorker, The Antioch Review, New Republic and The New England Review to name a few.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlamented ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 22 states and 15 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program.