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Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to read at Waltham school

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 18, 2013 01:31 PM

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Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will read from his new book, "Singing School," at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham next month.

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Pinsky will be at the school for the event, which is co-sponsored by Waltham's Back Pages Books, to read alongside Waltham poets Ben Berman, Elisabeth Carter, and Gregory Lawless on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., according to the store. Pinsky's new book is a meditation on how reading our favorite poems can help us create great poetry of our own, organizers said.

The United States Poet Laureate, appointed every year by the Librarian of Congress, serves as a consultant to the Library of Congress and is the nation's "official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans," according to the official job description.

Pinsky was appointed to the seat in 1997, and re-appointed in 1998. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and is currently a Boston University professor and poetry editor of Slate.

As Poet Laureate, Pinsky created and oversaw the Favorite Poem Project, where Americans could share and submit their most-loved poems to a database. The collection can now be accessed at www.favoritepoem.org. Over 18,000 Americans ranging from kindergartners to senior citizens shared their favorite poems, according to the government.

For more information on the Waltham event, visit the Back Pages Books' website or RSVP to the event online.

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