Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of "Black Swan" (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in journals such as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast and Shenandoah, as well as the anthologies "Bum Rush the Page," "Role Call," "Common Wealth," "Gathering Ground" and "The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South." She teaches at Cornell University and is currently at work on a second collection, "Open Interval."

The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's spring 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.