Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’s National Poet from 2005 to 2006, and the first writer to be given the Welsh laureateship. She has published eight books of poetry in Welsh and English, including Parables & Faxes, Zero Gravity, and her most recent book, Sparrow Tree. She is the winner of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and the Roland Mathias Poetry Award, and she was twice shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry. Lewis’s first nonfiction book, Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression, was shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year. Lewis is also a librettist and has written two chamber operas for children and an oratorio, all commissioned and performed by Welsh National Opera. In 2010 Lewis was given a Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award recognizing a body of work and achievement of distinction.
Poet Gwyneth Lewis will be coming to campus to read her work on December 2 at 6:30 pm in Gilman 50.