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Poets reach out to public with readings, seminars

When a university wants to "reach out" to the world, it goes with an "outreach" program.

That's the plan of the University of Utah Creative Writing Program. The program's machinations often seem as mystifying to the general public as closed-door cold fusion experiments, so according to a U. news release, poets Linda Hogan and Pattiann Rogers will be in town next week to ". . . enrich the U.'s creative writing program and build essential links between the university, the secondary school population and the larger community."Hogan and Rogers should be fine ambassadors.

A Native American writer who combines a modern, academy-polished style with American Indian traditions, Hogan has parlayed her unique vision of the world into several books and an American Book Award.

Rogers has a gift for combining science and poetry. She has published six books of poetry and has received numerous grants and fellowships to continue her work.

"I really like these kinds of outreach programs," says Rogers. "Linda and I have read together before, but this is the first time we've worked together on something like this. It's a chance to explore the beauty of science and the beauty of poetry."

And, she says, people shouldn't feel intimidated or out of their depth.

"One thing that makes a poetry reading enjoyable is that audience members can follow the images, or simply listen to the language as music," she says. "Our English language is beautifully musical, and you can enjoy a reading just by listening to the sounds of words."

The itinerary for the two poets will be hectic. On Thursday, Feb. 5, Rogers will read at Weber State University at 10:30 a.m., then hurry to Salt Lake to join Hogan, Stephen Tatum and Stephen Trim-ble for a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. in the U. Social Work Auditorium. The subject will be "Breaking Boundaries: Nature, Science and Creative Writing in the Classroom." (The public is invited.)

That night, Hogan and Rogers will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Then on Friday, Feb. 6, at 9:30 a.m., the two poets will join 65 Brighton High School students in an outdoor classroom seminar called "River of Words" at the Red Butte Garden.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, Rogers will be at a writing workshop at Utah State University, 9 a.m., in the Eccles Conference Center.

For more information call U.'s News Service at 581-7975.