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BYU hosts two well-known writers at January reading series

The English Department at Brigham Young University will present two well-known authors in January as part of its weekly reading series.

Adam Zagajewski will share selections from his poetry on Friday, Jan. 24, and Brady Udall will read cuttings from his short stories on Friday, Jan. 31. Both writers will speak in 2084 Jesse Knight Humanities Building at noon.

The public is welcome to attend.

Zagajewski, one of Poland's most famous contemporary poets, earned his reputation as one of the leaders of the Generation of '68 or the Polish New Wave. In addition to his books in Polish, he has published poetry in English including "Without End" (2002), "Mysticism for Beginners" (1997), "Tremor" (1985), and "Canvas" (1991). His poems and essays have been translated into many languages and earned him honors such as a fellowship from the Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, the Kurt Tucholsky Prize, a Prix de la Liberte, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Since 1988, he has served as visiting associate professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is currently co-editor of Zeszyty literackie (Literary Review), which is published in Paris. Zagajewski lives in Paris and Houston.

Udall is the author of "Letting Loose the Hounds" (1997) and "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint" (2001). Born and raised in northeastern Arizona, Udall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is a James Michener Fellow. His stories have been published in GQ, Story and The Paris Review.

Writer: Craig Kartchner

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