Arts Society & Culture

Poet C.G. Hanzlicek to read at Georgia Review, Georgia Poetry Circuit event

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C.G. Hanzlicek

Athens, Ga. – C.G. Hanzlicek will read from his work as the final reader on the 2014-15 Georgia Poetry Circuit April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Globe in downtown Athens. This Georgia Review-hosted event is open free to the public.

A native of Minnesota and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hanzlicek was the longtime director of the writing program at the University of California, Fresno, prior to his retirement. He has published nine collections of his own work, including “The Cave: Selected and New Poems” and, most recently, “The Lives of Birds” (2013). He has also worked extensively as a translator, publishing “Mirroring: Selected Poems of Vladimir Holan,” a Czech writer, as well as a collection of Native American songs in “A Bird’s Companion.”

Hanzlicek said he admires the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer for his “poems delicate and quiet as drawn breath” and often works for the same effects in his own lines. For example, in the poem “Reader” from his 1994 volume “Against Dreaming,” Hanzlicek writes of going into his daughter’s bedroom to wish her goodnight and finding her “Rapt, quilted, / Reading the way we all read / When the words are our own and beyond us / And, therefore, exactly ours.”

Laura Solomon, the newest staff member of The Georgia Review at the University of Georgia, will also read at the event. She is the author of three collections of poems, most recently “The Hermit.”

The Georgia Poetry Circuit has brought 100 poets to the state over the past 30 years to read at member schools, from Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University to Georgia Perimeter College and Berry College, and has been the UGA coordinator of Georgia Poetry Circuit events.

For further information about The Georgia Review, see www.thegeorgiareview.com, call 706-542-3481, or stop by the Review office on the seventh floor of UGA’s main library.