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Distinguished Poet Sally Bliumis-Dunn to Speak at Simmons College, April 6

BOSTON (March 29, 2011) — Modern poet and creative writing instructor Sally Bliumis-Dunn will give a poetry reading on April 6 at Simmons College, during an event sponsored by the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. in the Faculty and Staff Dining Room in the Main College Building at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in Boston.

Bliumis-Dunn teaches modern poetry and creative writing at Manhattanville College in New York, and is the author of such poetry books as, Second Skin and Talking Water. Talking Water was a finalist for the University of Arkansas Press First Book Prize in 2006, a finalist for the Richard Snyder Poetry Prize from Ashland Press in 2006, and a semifinalist for The Kenyon First Book contest in 2002. Her poems have also appeared in numerous publications, including BigCityLit, Lumina, Nimrod, The Paris Review, RATTLE, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Chance of A Ghost.

The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College provides an inclusive forum for contemporary poets, playwrights, and writers who represent diverse cultural perspectives. Drawing inspiration from the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston — an outstanding novelist, skilled folklorist, playwright, journalist, and critic who was the most prolific black woman writer in America during the first half of the 20th century — the Center works to cultivate literary awareness and cultural diversity at Simmons and in Boston.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications management.