3/2/04

Bob Lowry, 334/844-9999

LEADING POET; HOLOCAUST COMMISSION CHAIR TO SPEAK AT AU

Anthony Hecht

AUBURN -- Anthony Hecht, the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, will read poetry and prose during a program Wednesday at Auburn University that will be centered around the Holocaust.

Sponsored by AU's Center for Diversity and Race Relations and the College of Liberal Arts, the program is entitled: "Speaking About the Unspeakable." It will begin at 7 p.m., at the Foy Student Union, Room 217. Hecht, who was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1982-84, will read poetry and prose that relates to the Holocaust, including a reflection of his experience as a young soldier who helped liberate an annex of the German death camp Buchenwald. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will also talk about the problems of writing poetry about war. Hecht will be joined by Paul Filben, chair of the Alabama Holocaust Commission, who will describe the demographics of the Holocaust and the work of the commission.

The program is free and open to the public.

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