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Award-winning Poet Brendan J. Galvin: Special Guest at Boston College Arts Festival, April 23-25

Galvin is 2009 Winner of BC Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement

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Rosanne Pellegrini, Media Relations
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(617) 552-ARTS (2787)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (4-09) – Acclaimed poet Brendan J. Galvin—a Boston College graduate whose work has garnered numerous awards—returns to campus this month, as a special guest and alumni honoree at the University’s 11th annual Arts Festival, which will be held April 23-25, 2009.

Brendan Galvin

GalvinGalvin will give a poetry workshop on April 25. He also will discuss his craft at a career-related interview program on April 24. These events—which take place on BC's Chestnut Hill campus at 140 Commonwealth Avenue, are free and open to the public; information follows below; for more details, call  (617) 552-ARTS (2787) or visit

"Boston College has a long and distinguished history of literary achievement, and it is fitting that the Arts Council will honor an outstanding poet this year," said BC Fine Arts Professor Jeffery Howe, chair of the University's Arts Council, which organizes the Arts Festival. "Brendan Galvin’s rich and humane poetry reminds us of the beauty of nature, and the injunction of St. Ignatius to find God in all things."

Poetry Reading: Friday, April 24, 1:30 p.m. 
Award-winning poet, Brendan Galvin, a 1960 Boston College alumnus, will give a public poetry reading at 1:30 p.m. on April 24, as part of a "Poetry and Pastries" event, which runs from noon to 2 p.m. in Gasson Hall room 100. 

Inside the BC Studio: Friday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Galvin will participate in a career-related interview program—"Inside the BC Studio," modeled after Bravo TV's Inside the Actor's Studio—which spotlights the annual Arts Festival alumni award honoree. It will offer an intimate portrait of Galvin and his craft.  The public event will be held on April 24 in Gasson Hall room 305.

Following the interview, he will attend a public reception, entitled "Lit Lives," to celebrate the release of Post Road Magazine, now published by BC's English Department. The first BC issue includes new poetry by Galvin.  The reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at BC’s McMullen Museum of Art, located in Devlin Hall.

Poetry Workshop: Saturday, April 25, 2-3 p.m.  
Galvin will discuss his work, and the poet's craft, on April 25. The workshop will be held in Gasson Hall room 305, and is open to the public.

Boston College Arts Festival: April 23-25, 2009
A highlight of the festival—which includes a full slate of performing, visual and literary arts events—will be Galvin’s presentation with the annual Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. He will receive the award at "A Taste of the Festival"—a special event for BC alumni, guests and members of the public—beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Tickets for the buffet reception—which includes a featured theater or concert event—are $40 per person. For information call 1-800-669-8430 or visit
A popular annual rite of spring, the Arts Festival—which marks its 11th anniversary this year—celebrates the rich tradition of the arts on campus. It showcases artists with a diverse range of talents and interest, and highlights performing, visual and literary arts programs. Venues are handicapped accessible. For a complete schedule of events during the three-day festival, visit the Arts Festival web site at or call the Hotline at (617) 552-ARTS (2787).

Biography: Brendan J. Galvin, Boston College Class of 1960
Distinguished poet Brendan J. Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems, with his most recent book, Whirl Is King: Poems from a Life List, published in September 2008. Habitat:  New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 was a finalist for the National Book Award, and he was short-listed for a Pulitzer Prize for Winter Oysters in 1983.

His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, the Sotheby Prize of the Arvon Foundation (England), and Poetry’s Levinson Prize, the first OB Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum and the Sewanee Review’s Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry.

He has published over 500 poems in magazines, textbooks and anthologies, and his fiction, critical reviews, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Crazy Horse, the Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review and Poet Lore.

Galvin wrote the narration for "Massachusetts Story," a documentary on offshore oil drilling that was shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art and received a First Prize Documentary at the New England Film Festival.

He is a former English professor and lives in Truro, Massachusetts with his wife, Ellen.

Past Alumni Award Recipients
Galvin is the seventh recipient of the BC Arts Council Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement. Previous awards were given to actor and producer Chris O'Donnell (a 1992 graduate) in 2003; singer/songwriter Ellis Paul (Paul Plissey, a 1987 graduate) in 2004; photographer James Balog (a 1974 graduate) in 2005; comedian/actress Amy Poehler (a 1993 graduate) in 2006; Boston's SpeakEasy Stage Company founder and producing artistic director Paul Daigneault (a 1987 graduate) in 2007; filmmaker and actor Tom McCarthy (a 1988 graduate) in 2008.

For more information: Please contact Arts Festival Director Cathi Ianno at (617) 552-6500. For information, event locations and updates, visit or call (617) 552-ARTS (2787).