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11/05/2003
Native American Poet to Read Selected Works at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Dr. Maurice Kenny, an innovative and influential poet who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Price, will read selected works of his poetry as part of Hudson Valley Community College's Voices: A Library Lecture Series, on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Dr. Kenny's reading, titled "Words from the Edge: The Adirondacks," will begin at 1 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Hudson Valley campus.

A recipient of the American Book Award for his 1984 book "The Mama Poems," Dr, Kenny draws inspiration for his work from his Mohawk ancestry. His book of poems "Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues, b. March 11, 1607, d. October 18, 1646," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1982, as was another collection of poetry, "Between Two Rivers: Selected Poems," in 1987.

In 2000, Kenny received the Elder Recognition Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers. He was born in Watertown and now lives in Saranac Lake.

Voices: A Library Lecture Series was made possible in part by Poets and Writers Inc., through a grant it received from The New York State Council on the Arts.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.