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Don't miss: Day With(out) Art celebration features poet Donald Hall

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall will read from his work to commemorate this year's Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day celebration at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art (UMMA).

Since the first Day With(out) Art on Dec. 1, 1989, this national day of action and mourning has united people worldwide around the toll that HIV and AIDS have taken on arts communities. As a museum devoted to fostering and presenting creative expression and to preserving cultural memory, UMMA long has been committed to participation in this event.

This program is sponsored by UMMA and the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, and is part of the Zell Visiting Writers Series 2009-10.

In a review of Hall's recent "Selected Poems," Billy Collins wrote in the Washington Post: "Hall has long been placed in the Frostian tradition of the plainspoken rural poet... It is a kind of simplicity that succeeds in engaging the reader in the first few lines."

Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently "White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006" (2006), "The Painted Bed" (2002) and "Without: Poems" (1998), which was published on the third anniversary of his wife and fellow poet Jane Kenyon's death from leukemia.

Other notable collections include "The One Day" (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Pulitzer Prize nomination; "The Happy Man" (1986), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and "Exiles and Marriages" (1955), which was the American Academy of Poets Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956.

Hall also has received numerous awards, including two Guggenheims.

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