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Poet Eleanor Wilner to Speak at Fontbonne

SAINT LOUIS – Eleanor Wilner, acclaimed poet and MacAurthur Fellowship recipient, will speak at Fontbonne University Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event is part of Fontbonne’s Writer’s Reading Series, a program designed to bring writers of all styles, genres and backgrounds to the university, and will take place at 8 p.m. in the Lewis room of the university library.

Wilner is the author of six books of poetry, including “The Girl with Bees in Her Hair” and “Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems.” Her work appears in many anthologies, including the “Norton Anthology of Poetry 1996” and “The Best American Poetry 1990.”

“At times, small as Fontbonne is, we have played David to the university Goliaths around St. Louis in terms of visiting writers,” said Jason Sommer, professor of English and communication and Fontbonne’s own poet-in-residence. “We have had some wonderful readings, renowned winners of major awards and just plain interesting writers here at Fontbonne. We’re thrilled to include Eleanor Wilner among them.”

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 889.4551 or email

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