June 15, 2010
Poet Sharon Cumberland, Professor of English, has been appointed the first Poet-In-Residence for the Seasons Music Festival in Yakima, WA. The festival takes place in October 2010. Cumberland has been on the Arts and Sciences faculty since 1994.
As Poet-in-Residence, Cumberland will work with Daron Aric Hagen, the composer of the new opera Amelia, which was commissioned by the Seattle Opera and performed in May, as well as Hagen’s composer-wife Gilda Lyons and 12 composers-in-residence to set her poetry to music. She willread herpoems at a special concertwhen the art songs will be performed on October 11, 2010. Members of the Yakima Symphony and Symphony Choir sang and performed one of her pieces to the music of Zachary Green earlier this year.
Cumberland is the director of the Creative Writing Program andteaches a wide range of courses in the English Department, including poetry writing, American literature, and the history of narrative from Homer to hypertext. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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