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Virtual Author Visit with Peter Schmitt-Speaker Series Event

Tuesday January 12, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Peter Schmitt will join us via Zoom to discuss his new poetry collection, Goodbye, Apostrophe.

In Goodbye, Apostrophe, his first new collection in more than a decade, nationally recognized and prize-winning poet Peter Schmitt has assembled nearly fifty poems notable for their range and emotional power. From the hard lessons of childhood to the loss of parents, these poems confront the challenging issues of our time. By turns poignant and funny, elegiac and celebratory, formal and free, the mature work of a poet Richard Wilbur hailed as “one of the strongest talents in his generation” will resonate indelibly with any serious reader of American poetry.

Peter Schmitt is the author of five previous collections of poems: Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House). He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur); The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher); The Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College); is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation. His poems have been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writers Almanac, and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition. His work has appeared in such publications as The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized. He has also reviewed poetry and fiction for The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  A native Miamian, a Westinghouse National Science Talent Search Top 40 selection in high school, he graduated with honors from Amherst, and from The Writers Workshop at The University of Iowa. His part-time jobs have included janitor, forklift operator, freelance journalist and editor, and he started his own business treating disease-susceptible palm trees. Since 1986, he has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami.

The Librarian coordinating the event will email each registrant a Zoom meeting invitation before the start of the program.  Zoom is available as a free desktop (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Operating systems) and mobile application for Android and Apple iOS devices. Once Zoom is installed, you will be able to join the virtual Library program.

By registering for this event you have agreed to comply with the library's patron behavior policy. All non-compliant participants will be immediately and permanently blocked from further participation.  Because the Librarian facilitating the event will not be able to provide live technical support during the virtual program, it is strongly encouraged you familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance of the program. You can also contact the Library’s Virtual Reference Service for assistance learning Zoom.  You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom. For more in-depth instructions please visit the Zoom support page on joining a meeting.


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