Corvallis-based, award-winning poet presents new book at OSU


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning poet Jennifer Richter will read from her new book, “Threshold,” on Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library’s main rotunda on the Oregon State University campus. A book signing will follow.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway chose “Threshold” as one of two winners of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. 

Richter’s work has appeared in many national publications, including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Crab Orchard Review, and in the anthology “A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry.” She was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years.  She currently lives in Corvallis with her family and teaches at The Arts Center.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakka said about Richter’s book: “’Threshold’ sparkles with a shaped brilliance. Each poem is intensely believable because there isn’t a decorous flare of language here.”

Richter’s collection presents a series of poems that explore the many facets of the term “threshold.” Throughout the book, the narrator experiences several acts of threshing, or separating — from birth and the small yet profound distances that part a mother and child, to the separation caused by illness and its toll on relationships. “Threshold” is a searing portrait of healing, the courage it takes to bridge the gulfs that divide and the wonder of the ties that bind.

The reading is part of the OSU English Department’s 2009-10 Visiting Writers Series, and is sponsored by the English Department, the Valley Library and the Office of the Provost. The event is free and open to the public.