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Friday 6 May 2011

Next Friday sees the long awaited arrival of the US poet August Kleinzahler in St Andrews for an evening of poetry and conversation. It’s a chance not to be missed.

The reading will take place at 7pm on 13 May at All Saint’s Hall, St Andrews. As well as reading, Kleinzahler will also be in conversation with Scottish poet Alexander Hutchison, talking about his writing and his influences. There’s still time to order tickets in advance at the Byre Theatre, 01334 475000; email or online at

This is a rare chance to see a poet famous for his jazzy inventive style. Among his many accolades (such as the Griffin Prize), he is also the Poet Laureate of his home town, Fort Lee in New Jersey and his early life in this tough neighbourhood is a constant theme in his work. He studied his craft under poets Thom Gunn and  Basil Bunting. His most recent volume of poetry is Sleeping It Off In Rapid City: Poems New & Selected  (Faber), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has just been published in the UK in paperback.

The event is being held by StAnza in association with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and Faber & Faber.