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Poet Amy Quan Barry is featured guest for Reiberg Reading Series



INDIANAPOLIS — Award-winning poet and novelist Amy Quan Barry will read selections from her writings during the Fall Reiberg Reading Series, sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The reading takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Lilly Auditorium on the lower level of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. on the IUPUI campus.

Barry is a professor in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches creative writing. Her interests include creative writing and contemporary and classical lyric.

She is the author of four poetry collections, including “Water Puppets,” the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry winner that explores the universal image of war as evidenced in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in Vietnam, where Barry was born. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other literary publications.

“‘Water Puppets’ is my third book of poetry and takes its title from an ancient Vietnamese folk art,” Barry said. “I was born in Vietnam during the American war, so Vietnam as a place and its history have always fascinated me.”

Many of her poems and even her novel take place in landscapes set in various Asian countries, Barry said.

Her debut novel, “She Weeps Each Time You’re Born: A Novel,” tells the history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification.

Registration is free and available online.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English, both units in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, are the event organizers. Support for the Reiberg Reading Series comes from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, IUPUI University Library and IUPUI University College.