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March 29, 2006

Farmingdale State Hosts Poet Tony Towle

New York School of poetryenthusiasts are invited to hear Tony Towle read his poetry at Farmingdale State University of New York on Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in Ward Hall through the Visiting Writers Program

Towle began writing poetry in 1960 and became associated with the New York School of Poetry several years later. The New York School was an informal group of American poetsactive in 1950's New York City.   Their poetic subject matter was often light, violent, or observational, while their writing style was often described as cosmopolitan and world-traveled. Poets most often associated with this group are John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, Bernadette Mayer, Ron Padgett, and James Schuyler.

John Ashbery has written that Tony Towle's poetry is "one of the New York School's best-kept secrets."  Towle won the Frank O'Hara Award in 1970 for a collection of his poems titled North.  He has since published anthologies including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005), Voices of the City (2004), Poetry After 9/11 (2002), The Angel Hair Anthology (2001), The KGB Bar Book of Poems (2000), An Anthology of New York Poets (1970), Poets of the New York School (1969), The Young American Poets (1968), Poems Now (1966) and his memoir Memoirs 1960-1963.

Tony Towle will present the Raynor Wallace award for student poetry at 4:00 p.m. in Ward Hall.  The Raynor Wallace Award for poetry is given annually to outstanding Farmingdale State student poets. This award is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, which contributes $100 towards first prize, and by the generous support of the Farmingdale Student Government. The Raynor Wallace Award is named in honor of Raynor Wallace, emeritus chair of the Department of English/Humanities. For more information, call 631-420-2000.