Acclaimed American poet to give reading at OSU


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Acclaimed new American poet Paula Bohince will visit the Oregon State University campus on Friday, Oct. 16, and read from her award-winning collection, “Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods.”

The reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held in the first floor rotunda of the Valley Library. It is free and open to the public.

Bohince’s poems explore the threshold between the human and natural worlds. The narrator, who has returned home after her father’s mysterious death, examines the memories, landscapes, and possessions of the family homestead, gradually uncovering the undeniable fact of the father’s murder. The result is a portrait of grief and its survival, and of the bonds between a daughter and a father.

Poet and critic Claudia Emerson said that “Bohince carves beauty from the harsh complexities of suffering and survival, the chronic hardships and traumatic incidents woven into the narratives of family and place.”

Her work has been compared to acclaimed American poets and writers such as Robert Frost and Sherwood Anderson.

In September 2009, Bohince’s poem “Mother’s Quail,” appeared in the New Yorker Magazine. Other poems have appeared in such prestigious journals as The Kenyon Review, Salmagundi, Slate and The Yale Review. Her debut collection won Sarabande Books’ Aleda Shirley Prize in 2008.

Among her awards are the Grolier Poetry Prize, the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the Amy Clampitt Resident Fellowship, and a 2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bohince’s visit to OSU is sponsored by the OSU Visiting Writers Series, and supported by the Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, and the Department of English. The OSU Bookstore will provide books for sale and signing after the event.