Award-Winning Poet Louis de Paor Reading His Works at Babson February 13

Babson College’s 2013 Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Is award-winning Irish poet Louis de Paor

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Irish poet, Louis de Paor, whose extensive body of work includes poetry collections in the Irish language and in translation, will be doing a bilingual reading of his works at Babson College on Wednesday, February 13th. The event will take place from 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in Babson’s Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts and will be free and open to the public.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Louis de Paor has been involved with the contemporary renaissance of Irish poetry since 1980. During a decade in Australia, he taught at Melbourne University and worked in local and ethnic radio. He was Visiting Professor of Celtic Studies at Sydney University in 1993 and Visiting Fellow in 1992. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and became Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at National University of Ireland Galway in 2000.

His American honors include Jefferson Smurfit Distinguished Fellow at the University of St Louis-Missouri in 2002; the Charles Fanning Medal for Excellence in Irish Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009; and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award from the University of St. Thomas.

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About Charles D. Thompson

Charles D. Thompson served as vice president for external relations at Babson College from 1977 to 1983. His love for poetry led to the establishment of The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series in 1982. Previous Thompson Visiting Poets include Paul Muldoon, Sonia Sanchez, Mark Doty, Alicia Ostriker, Natasha Trethewey, Tom Sleigh, and Carolyn Forché.

About Babson College’s Sorenson Center for the Arts

Babson College’s Sorenson Center for the Arts fosters an environment of creativity and exploration through enhancing the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts, encompassing literary, performing (dance, film, music and theater), and visual arts and design.

It is the center's goal to help produce Babson and Olin Engineering students and alumni who understand that creative thinking and the arts can enhance venture ideation, global understanding, and innovation in the real world. In order to accomplish our goals we leverage our state-of-the-art facilities and highly dedicated and experienced staff to enable our students to reach their full potential as global citizens and business leaders.

By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 01/29/2013 06:18