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Contact: Bill Pollak
412-268-5656

For immediate release:
January 21, 2002

Prolific Contemporary Poet and Professor, Mary Ruefle, Is Guest at Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Visiting Writers Series, Feb. 28, 2002

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon will welcome one of its own when poet Mary Ruefle reads her poetry for the Visiting Writers Series at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002 in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall on the university campus.

Ruefle is the author of six books of poetry, three of them published by Carnegie Mellon University Press: "Among the Musk Ox People" (2002), "Post Meridian" (2000) and "Cold Pluto" (2001 paperback, 1996 hardback). Poets and reviewers praise Ruefle's work for its "inventiveness and lightness of touch" and say "hilarity and deep sorrow lie very comfortably together" in her poems.

Ruefle's poems are included in "Best American Poetry" 1997 and 2001 and in numerous journals. Among many honors, Ruefle has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Iowa Poetry Prize, a grant from the Vermont Council on the Arts and quite a few awards from literary journals.

Teaching as a visiting poet is a role Ruefle currently fills at the University of Alabama. She also has been a visiting poet at Bennington College, Colby College, Vermont College, Ohio University at Athens, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Western Michigan at Kalamazoo and in China.

For more information, contact Carnegie Mellon's English Department at 412-268-3850. The Pauline B. Adamson Fund generously underwrites the Adamson Visiting Writers Series.

Cross received his doctor's degree from the University of Illinois, his master's degree in software engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was recently selected as a distinguished alumni of the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering.

A retired Air Force officer, he is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Program), the Air War College and the National Defense University.

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