Campus anticipates visit from Pulitzer Prize winner

A 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry is set to visit campus March 16 as part of the UNA Writer’s Series.

Peter Balakian will read his work at 11 a.m. in the Guillot University Center.

“The committee chose Peter Balakian for the Writer’s Series because he has a long and distinguished career as a writer, scholar and teacher,” said Pamela Kingsbury, chair of the Writer’s Series, in an email. “He has taken his family’s history and stories and connected those stories to a broader world view.”

He has written seven poetry books, four prose books and two translations, according to the Writer’s Series page.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for his collection “Ozone Journal.” The titular poem in the collection focuses on “the speaker’s memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists in 2009,” according to

“At the simplest level students will learn about the life of a contemporary writer — that all writers are not long ago and far away,” Kingsbury said. “They should also, hopefully, learn something about the pleasures of listening to a fine writer talk about the passion that drives his work.”

A reception and book signing will follow his reading.