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March 1, 2006

Author and Poet Rachel E. DeWoskin Speaks at Farmingdale State

Poetry lovers, and Chinese Rap and literature enthusiasts are invited to see Rachel E. DeWoskin, 2004 Paumanok Poetry Award Runner-up, read some of her poems. DeWoskin is a guest of the Visiting Writers Program and will appear at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at Farmingdale State University of New York in the Ward Hall Great Room.

DeWoskin was a soap-opera star and consultant in Beijing for five years before she returned to the United States in 1994. She earned her master's degree at Boston University in 2000.  In 2005, W.W. Norton & Company Ltd. published DeWoskin's memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing, about her life in China as both a PR consultant and star on a hit Chinese soap-opera.

DeWoskin is currently the associate poetry editor at Agni and has published poems in Ploughshares, Seneca Review,The New Delta Review, The Heartland Journal, Drumvoices Review, Nerve Magazine, and Words Without Borders.  She won an American Academy of Poets award for a collection of four poems and a Grolier prize for three others. She divides her time between New York City and Beijing, teaches poetry, and writes Chinese rap.

Since its founding in 1979, the Farmingdale State Visiting Writers Program has featured more than 150 American and international authors, including up-and-coming writers such as Gloria Naylor and Li-Young Lee, who were virtually unknown at the time of their appearance at Farmingdale State.  The Visiting Writers Program highlights the importance of literature to education and culture and works to develop its resources and strengthen its service in behalf of this idea.

All Visiting Writers Program events are open to the public. Admission is free.