Lia Purpura at Sweet Briar’s ‘First Wednesdays’ March 5

Posted on February 28, 2008 by Suzanne Ramsey

Lia Purpura Lia Purpura will read at Sweet Briar March 5.

Poet and essayist Lia Purpura will read from her latest work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Wailes Lounge of the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center at Sweet Briar College.

The reading is part of the “First Wednesdays” series sponsored by the College’s creative writing program. Admission is free.

Purpura, writer-in-residence at Loyola College in Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from her collection of essays, “On Looking.” The book was a finalist last year for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award and one of its essays, “On Form,” won a 2007 Pushcart Prize.

Purpura also is author of “Increase,” “Stone Sky Lifting,” “Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash” and “The Brighter the Veil,” for which she was awarded the Towson University Prize in Literature in 1998.

For more information on the monthly “First Wednesdays” series, contact Carrie Brown, SBC’s Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence, at or 381-6236.