Saint Martin’s hosts MacArthur fellow and poet Lucia Perillo on April 14

April 8, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will host nationally known poet and MacArthur fellow Lucia Perillo on Wednesday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in the O’Grady Library Reading Room on the University’s main campus (5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington). Student members of Saint Martin’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter, the International English Honor Society, are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

Perillo, a native of Olympia, Washington, taught in the English Department at Saint Martin’s and was a former director of the Writing Center. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Warren Wilson College, and Southern Illinois University. Perillo was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2000. She has published five books of poetry including Dangerous Life (1989), which won the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America for the best “first book,” and Luck is Luck (2005), which was a finalist for L.A. Times Book Prize and was included the New York Public Library’s “Books to Remember” for 2005. Her recent books include I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (2005) and Inseminating the Elephant (2009). Her poems have been printed across the country in anthologies including Best American Poetry.

For more information about this event or Saint Martin’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter, contact Jamie Olson at For more information about Lucia Perillo, visit her website at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Jamie L. Olson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Saint Martin’s University

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University