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Critically acclaimed Argentinian poet, Lorraine Healy will speak at the second installment of the Visiting Writer Series, sponsored by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English Club.

Among being extensively published both in Argentina and in the U.S, Healey is the first poet to have received a green card solely on the merit of her work.

Healey will speak Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall. She will be discussing her most recent published manuscript, The Habit Of Buenos Aires, which won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award after being published in 2010.

Senior Rebecca Allen, Visiting Writer Series Project Assistant, work for the English Department promoting the event. She read some of Healys work from her first Chapbook.

“I like that her work has a different perspective because she isn’t from the U.S,” said Allen. “It will be really interesting to hear about the connection between her photography and poetry too.”

Outside of her manuscript Healy has two chapbooks published and has had her photography featured in several shows across the world. Her first chapbook, “The Farthest South”, won the New American Press Award.

Healy began her career as a graduate from the Masters of Fine Arts in the poetry program from New England College and a Post Masters of Fine Arts from the Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Her success began with her first acclaimed piece, “An Artifact of Light,” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She continued to win several national awards, including the Hackney Prize.

Allen said Healy does really interesting work with sound creates colorful and imaginative images for the reader.

Along with continuing to write and get her work published, Healy teaches poetry at the college and graduate levels.

Critics have described her work as “elegant and well-crafted.”

The English Department will be bringing two more writers in the spring, Tatjana Soli and Amber Dermont. The department is looking into bringing a fifth author in the spring as well as hosting a faculty night this term.


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