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02-01-2005

Award-Winning Poet And Writer Luis Francia To Speak At Clarkson February 16

Award-winning poet, writer and teacher Luis H. Francia, of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute at New York University, will present a lecture at Clarkson University on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center, Barben Room C.

Francia is the author of the poetry collection Museum of Absences that was published last year. His semiautobiographical critique of the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Center Open Book Award and the 2002 Asian American Writers Literary Award. Other books include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems (1992) and Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades (1998).

He is the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: A Twentieth Century Anthology of Philippine Literature in English (1992), and co-editor of Flippin’: Filipinos on America (1996) and Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream 1899-1999 (2002).

Francia has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He serves as co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and writes for The Village Voice and the Inquirer Sunday Magazine in Manila.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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