CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author and Oregon State University faculty member Jennifer Richter will read from her new poetry collection at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at OSU.
The reading will be held in the rotunda at the Valley Library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Richter, who teaches in OSU’s Creative Writing program, will read from “No Acute Distress,” her latest poetry collection. The book, published March 1, was chosen as a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s selection.
Mary Szybist, a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, called “No Acute Distress” a powerful and enthralling book of poems detailing “how difficult it can be not only to survive physical and emotional trauma, but to preserve ourselves through it for those we love.”
Richter’s first book, “Threshold,” has been a national bestseller and was named a 2011 Oregon Book Award finalist. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey chose “Threshold” as winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
Richter 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 earned her MFA at Penn State University.
Each year the Literary Northwest Series brings Pacific Northwest writers to Oregon State University. This program is made possible by generous support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.