At 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Snodgrass will read and discuss his own poetry. At a second program at noon Tuesday, March 31, also in the Fine Arts Auditorium, he will read and discuss poetry other than his own. At both presentations, he will respond to questions from the audience and autograph copies of his works.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the office of the Department of English in CAS 211, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the week preceding Snodgrass' visit, or at the door of the Fine Arts Auditorium starting half an hour before each program.
Snodgrass, an American poet who has also written under the pseudonym S.S. Gardons, is considered a seminal figure in the Confessional school of poetry. He is credited with helping to initiate the movement with the publication of his first work, Heart's Needle, in 1959. His other volumes of poetry include After Experience: Poems and Translations, Remains (as S.S. Gardons), The Fuehrer Bunker: A Series of Poems in Progress, If Birds Build with Your Hair, The Kinder Capers, A Locked House, Selected Poems: 1957-1987, W.D.'s Midnight Carnival and The Death of Cock Robin. He also has published In Radical Pursuit, a book of critical essays.
As part of his visit, the English Department Special Events Committee is organizing a W.D. Snodgrass Essay Contest. The writers of the two top essays in two categories will receive $100 and $50 prizes donated by the South Texas Bookstore and will be recognized during the program March 30.
The Snodgrass visit marks the 20th year of the Living Author Series at UT Pan American. Past lecturers include Larry McMurtry, Czeslaw Milosz, James Dickey, Edward Albee, John Gardner, Camila Jose Cela, Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Carlos Fuentes, John Nichols, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, W.P. Kinsella, Margaret Drabble and Victor Villasenor.
In conjunction with the Living Author Series, faculty members in the Department of English have edited and published festschrifts, collections of articles on the author's work that also include an interview with the author and a bibliography, on selected Living Author Series lecturers. Festschrifts on McMurtry, Albee, Drabble, Gardner and Atwood are currently available.
For more information about Snodgrass' lectures or the Living Author Series, call Dr. Bob Dowell, coordinator, at 381-3421.