U.S. Poet Laureate Featured at Literature Conference

OGDEN, Utah – Robert Pinsky, the 39th U.S. Poet Laureate, will be among the keynote speakers at Weber State University's 19th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC), April 1-3.

The NULC is the only literature conference in the country that focuses exclusively on undergraduates.  This year's event has attracted more than 150 students from across the country who will present their own creative works as well as papers on literary topics.  Student sessions, featuring four student readers, will be held in the Shepherd Union Building on April 2 and 3. Each session is scheduled to last 75 minutes.

Pinsky, along with author and professor Laura Furman and Utah State Poet Laureate Kenneth Brewer will be the conference's keynote speakers. Pinsky's only public reading will be 11:30 a.m. April 1 in WSU's Stewart Library Special Collections. During his appearance he will share his favorite poem and introduce Ogden to the "Favorite Poem Project," an endeavor he created that uses poetry as a means to bring together civic, community and business leaders. Pinsky will be joined by community leaders who will also share their favorite poems at the event.

On April 2, Brewer will conduct a reading from 10-11 a.m., and Furman will read from 3-4 p.m. A question and answer session will be held with Brewer and Furman from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 3. All three presentations will be held in Special Collections.

The student readings, author appearances and the Q&A session are free to the public. For more information call 801-626-6872 or visit weber.edu/nulc.

Carl Porter, co-director NULC
801-626-6872 · cporter@weber.edu

Mikel Vause, co-director NULC
801-626-6659 · mvause@weber.edu


John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu