Sam Hazo reads on November 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall.
The author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, Samuel Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain. He earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame, his MA from Duquesne University, and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published numerous books of poetry, translation, and novels, the most recent, published in 2010 and 2011, being Like a Man Gone Mad: Poems in a New Century and The Stroke of a Pen, a collection of essays. A novel entitled The Time Remaining is forthcoming. He has received twelve honorary doctorates and was most recently honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater. A National Book Award Finalist, he was chosen the first State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey in 1993, and he served until 2003.