LEWISTON — The Language Arts Live series of literary readings at Bates College will present poets Major Jackson and Aracelis Girmay in March.

An assistant professor of English at the University of Vermont, Jackson is the author of three collections: “Leaving Saturn,” “Hoops” and “Holding Company.”  He won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

 Jackson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.

 An inheritor of Eritrean, Puerto Rican and African American traditions, Girmay’s debut poetry collection, “Teeth,” was published by the Curbstone Press in 2007. Her second, “Kingdom Animalia,” will be released by BOA Editions this year and has received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. She is assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College and is on the faculty of Drew University’s low-residency master’s program in poetry.

Girmay will read at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Chase Hall’s Skelton Lounge.

 Both events are open to the public at no cost. For more information,  call 786-6256 or 786-6326.

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