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Poet and memoirist Dr. Bruce Weigl to speak at Chatham University on February 10

The event is held in support of the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam


By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist

Dr. Bruce Weigl

January 31, 2012 

PITTSBURGH (January 31, 2012) … Chatham University will host poet and memoirist Bruce Weigl, Ph.D., for a free public reading at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10, in the Welker Room at Laughlin Music Building on its Shadyside Campus. A signing will follow. The event will support the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam.

Dr. Weigl, U.S. Army veteran, is the author of the best-selling memoir The Circle of Hanh (2000), which recounts his struggles in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

After teaching at Penn State University for many years, Dr. Weigl returned to Lorain County Community College as its first distinguished professor. In addition to teaching, he founded a student veterans group and an online literary journal titled The North Coast Review.

Dr. Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including The Unraveling Strangeness (2002), Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems (1999), and After the Others (1999). He has also written several collections of critical essays, has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry, including Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences (1997) and Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948–1993; A Bilingual Collection (1998). Dr. Weigl’s own poetry has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Poetry (1994), The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets (1985), Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (1993), and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006).

Dr. Weigl has won the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poem “Song of Napalm” (1998) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College, his Master of Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

Alumna Rebecca Clever (MFA ’11) is the sponsor of the event. Ms. Clever is founder, editor, and publisher of Blast Furnace, an independent online literary press based in Pittsburgh. She was the first recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize in 2007, co-sponsored by Chatham University and the Academy of the American Poets. Ms. Clever is also nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

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Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit

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