LEWISTON — Four acclaimed poets will read at two February events as part of Bates College’s Language Arts Live series of literary readings.

Both events are open to the public at no cost.

Digital poet Brian Kim Stefans will read and perform from his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave. Known primarily as a poet, Stefans also works as a visual and new-media artist and critic, and is an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

His most recent book of poetry, “Kluge: A Meditation and Other Works,” 2007, continues the critical acclaim accorded his other books. He is also the author of “Before Starting Over: Selected Writings and Interviews 1994-2005,” an informal chronicle of digital poetics/Asian-American poetry.

Stefans has played a key role in shaping the terrain of new media poetics. Much of his work is published on arras.net, a Web site devoted to digital poetics and new media. He is the editor of the /ubu series of e-books at ubu.com/ubu. His Internet art and digital poems, such as “The Truth Interview (with Kim Rosenfield)” and the “Flash Polaroids,” can be found at arras.net.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Language Arts Live series will present an evening with poets Caroline Knox, Dorothea Lasky and Dara Weir from the Wave Books poetry press. This will also be at 7:30 p.m. in Chase Hall Lounge.

An award-winning poet, Knox will release her seventh poetry collection, “Nine Worthies,” in 2010. Lasky is the author of two full-length poetry collections: “AWE” (2007) and “Black Life” (2010). Weir is the author of nine collections of poetry, including “Selected Poems” (2009) and “Remnant of Hannah” (2006). She directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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