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Kuipers Returns to Swarthmore

It's always a treat for an author to return to their college campus and share their new work! On Monday, April 12, Keetje Kuipers got to take a "victory lap" around Swarthmore and the college paper, The Phoenix, captured the spirit of her visit. Regular readers to this blog know that Keetje is our guest blogger for April, so keep an eye out for her next entry very, very soon...
[caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Beautiful in the Mouth by Keetje Kuipers"]Beautiful in the Mouth by Keetje Kuipers[/caption]
Poet and alumna Keetje Kuipers ’02 returned to Swarthmore on Monday to read from her first published volume of poetry, “Beautiful in the Mouth,” which was released by BOA Editions, Ltd. last month. The book deals heavily with themes of love, loss, place and the body. It won Kuipers the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the reward for which is publication. Kuipers also judged the 2010 student poetry prize winners, whom she announced directly following the reading. Elizabeth Dickey ’10, who was selected as winner of the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, was present both at the reading and for a classroom discussion in Professor Nathalie Anderson’s “Contemporary Women’s Poetry” course on Tuesday. Dickey, who bought and began to read “Beautiful in the Mouth” only after attending the reading, commented on the differences in reading and listening to Kuipers’ poetry.“[S]he feels to me like a really solid presence, like she herself she has just a gorgeous voice and she presents herself in a way that’s very solid, and she’s very clear on who she is,” Dickey said of Kuipers’ reading.
Read the rest of the article here [Alum sheds light on poetry, creative process]


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