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April 18, 2006

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Wendell Berry to Receive Art of Fact Award April 26

SUNY Brockport and M&T Bank Recognize Environmental Author

Brockport, NY – Author Wendell Berry, poet, essayist, novelist, teacher, cultural critic and sixth-generation farmer, will receive the SUNY Brockport Art of Fact Award, Wednesday, April 26, in the Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, at 7 pm. Berry will give a talk following the award presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Berry is the author of more than forty books of essays, poetry and novels. He has worked a farm in Henry County, Kentucky since 1965. He is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a past fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

“Berry’s poems, novels and essays are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America's agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal,” wrote a reviewer in Publishers Weekly.

Berry has been honored with the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, a Lannan Foundation Award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the T.S. Eliot Award.

“My work has been motivated,” Berry has written, “by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place.”

“A Kentucky farmer and writer, and perhaps the great moral essayist of our day,” wrote the New York Review of Books. “Berry is the prophetic American voice of our day,” added the Christian Science Monitor.

The Art of Fact is an award series in literary nonfiction presented by the SUNY Brockport Writers Forum and M&T Bank that recognizes nonfiction authors for significant contributions to American culture. Previous Art of Fact Award honorees include: Diane Ackerman, Paul West, Sherwin B. Nuland, Richard Rodriguez, John McPhee, Susan Sontag and Tracy Kidder.

The Brockport Writers Forum, in its 39th season of bringing outstanding authors to the greater Rochester area, received the 1996 Cultural Organization Award from the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester and the 2000 Literary Organization Award from Writers and Books, Inc.. The Writers Forum Videotape Library, containing more than 300 interviews with major contemporary writers, has received supporting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation.

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