Bensen, Young To Read Poetry at Hartwick

October 14, 2010

Hartwick College professors Robert Bensen (English & Theatre Arts) and Phil Young (Art) will present a reading of poetry at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The reading will be held in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the Hartwick campus. Sponsored by the Department of English & Theatre Arts, the reading is free, and the public is cordially invited.

Bensen will read new and selected poems, and with long-time collaborator Phil Young will present "Wetumka," one of the three works they have published.

Robert Bensen's poems have been published in the U.S., the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, and in African-American and Native American journals. His most recent publications include poems and prose in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (India), an essay in River, Blood, and Corn (a Native American journal), and he will be Featured Poet in an upcoming issue of The Hardy Review (U.K.). Awards for his poetry include an NEA poetry fellowship, the 1996 Robert Penn Warren Award, the Harvard Poetry Prize, and the Chimera Foundation Award. He has written numerous essays on Caribbean and Native American literature, and has edited three anthologies of those literatures, most recently Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (University of Arizona Press). His poetry has been shown in five gallery exhibitions with photographs by Charles Bremer, most recently in the National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY. He is an invited non-Native member of the WordCraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Young is a nationally prominent artist, and his work has been widely exhibited and won for him numerous fellowships and awards. He was awarded a Millay Colony Residency, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting and Sculpture, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. His paintings and drawings are in the permanent collection of many Native American and other museums. They have been exhibited widely throughout the U.S., recently on the ArtTrain and at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute in Utica, NY. He has mounted installations in museums and galleries and on canyon rims, and given satiric performances in some of the most disreputable trading posts of the Southwest.

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