Conn. Poet Laureate to Read at PSU 305

PLYMOUTH — Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen will be the next reader in the 2013 Eagle Pond Authors' Series at Plymouth State University. Allen will read from his works in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
Allen is variously known as a mystical poet, a poet concerned with recording the history of the last half of the 20th century, a poet of contemporary science, a Zen Buddhist-oriented poet and many more. In recent years he has often written in a new narrative-lyric hybrid form he calls "randomism."
For the first time, the Eagle Pond Series will also include a PSU student writer will read from his or her own works at the beginning of the program.
Free tickets are available in advance at the Silver Center Box Office to ensure admission. Call the Silver Center Box Office at (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
A native of Troy, N.Y., Allen as a retired creative writing professor at the University of Bridgeport. He left teaching to study Buddhism and write poetry nearly full-time.
A regular book reviewer for The American Book Review, Allen is a member of The Poets' Prize Committee that annually selects the nation's best book of poetry, as chosen by fellow poets. Currently, he has finished a work of more than 30 years, a 207-sonnet sequence, and is completing a book-length epic journey poem.
Allen has presented more than 350 poetry readings. He is also editor/co-editor of three noted college anthology/textbooks on science fiction and detective fiction.
Many of his Buddhist poems are written, Allen says, to "Americanize Buddhism and Zen Buddhism."
"I've never really thought of myself as a poet per se, just someone who writes poetry or someone through whom poetry is transmitted," he says.
The Eagle Pond Authors' Series is sponsored by The Follett Higher Education Group (PSU bookstore).