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Poetry Reading by Diane Ackerman, Thursday, April 19, 2018

Diane Ackerman

Photo of Diane Ackerman by Sue Michlovitz

The poet, essayist, and naturalist will deliver the fifth annual Enid Mark Lecture on Poetry & Contemporary Book Arts:

Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Reception, bookselling, and signing follow the reading in the Poetry Center. Free and open to the public.

Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including The Zookeeper’s Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire, books beloved by millions of readers. In works so rich and evocative that one can feel the earth turning beneath one’s feet as one reads, Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles.

The annual Enid Mark Lecture on Poetry & Contemporary Book Arts is in honor of the memory of artist, writer, and fine book publisher Enid Mark, class of 1954. Diane Ackerman’s poetry is included in three of Mark’s ELM Press books: Beyond the Map (1995), About Sylvia (1996), and Ars Botanica (2004).

Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Collection of Special Collections and the Poetry Center at Smith College.

Assisted listening devices for Weinstein Auditorium are available by request. Please email Jen Blackburn at For other disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at least 10 days prior to the event at


For more information please contact Nichole Calero in Special Collections: or telephone 413-585-2973