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Writer David Budbill to Speak at Cayuga Community College

DATE: 04-20-2006

Poet and playwright David Budbill will give a free public reading from his work at Cayuga Community College on Wednesday, May 3, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auburn campus Student Lounge.

Budbill's collection Moment to Moment was chosen by Booklist as one of the top 10 poetry books of 1999. His play Judevine has been produced to critical acclaim in over 20 cities from Washington to San Francisco. Budbill has also written short stories, essays, a novel and an opera libretto, and he edits an online journal. His recent work sketches a semi-autobiographical portrait of a recluse living in the mountains of northern Vermont. His latest poetry collection, While We?ve Still Got Feet, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2005.

Known for a lucid style and down-to-earth human subjects, David Budbill was praised by The New York Times for his “good humor and gusto.” Booklist suggested, “If you think you?ll never like poetry, try Budbill.” Poet and essayist Wendell Berry calls him “a delight and a comfort.”

Budbill's reading is part of a weeklong residency at Cayuga, sponsored by the college's Humanities Division, the Daniel Labeille Fund of the college Foundation, and Poets & Writers, Inc. with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.