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UH prof's heralded poetry to be read during free event

By Burl Burlingame


Hawaii-based literary light Tony Quagliano died a few years ago, and bequeathed a literary award in his name. The first winner of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award is Hawaii-based poet and professor Joseph Stanton, and to celebrate, Stanton is having a Hawaii-based poetry reading.

The reading takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Art Building, Room 101. It's free, as is Sunday parking at UH-Manoa.

Stanton is a professor of art history and American studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. His books include "Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art," "A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban O'ahu," "What the Kite Thinks" and an ode to sports, "Cardinal Points: Poems on St. Louis Cardinals Baseball."

Stanton's poems have appeared in Poetry, the Harvard Review, the New York Quarterly, Ekphrasis, Kaimana and Bamboo Ridge.

His latest work is "Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Works of Edward Gorey," the catalog for the Edward Gorey retrospective now under way at the UH-Manoa Art Gallery. Visitors can check out the Gorey exhibition before the reading; it's in its last week.

For more information about the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, go to http://tonyquaglianopoetryfund.com.

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