The critic Ira Sadoff said of Mead's work: "[Mead's] austere poems are brilliant: endlessly inventive, syntactically, tonally and emotionally rich. Alternately ironic and undefended, she never sacrifices compassion, justice, her quest for pleasure. In their longing and their loneliness, tending to the otherness of nature, the beauty of expression, these poems honor the frailty that makes us most human."
And the critic/poet Christine Pugh wrote of Mead's newest book, The Usable Field (Alice James Books): "How beautifully she has inaugurated a collection that is so infused with the combined and paradoxical virtues of simplicity, lyricism, and unstinting thought."
When: Thursday, March 4
Where: Smith Center, Rm 236
The reading is free and open to all.
Sponsored by PSU's MFA-Creative Writing Program, PSU's Speakers Board, and PSU's Graduate Literary Organization (GLO).