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Clarkson Professor Publishes Poetry for Young People

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Clarkson University Professor of Humanities John N. Serio once again introduces young readers to poetry through his latest book, The Seasons, as part of the Poetry for Young People series from Sterling Publishing Company. Seasons Book

Serio's book celebrates the never-ending cycle of life with poems that focus on the seasons in different styles and approaches. The book's contents include poems that give young readers lush descriptions of nature's bounty. Serio introduces each poet with a helpful headnote. Accompanying the poems are illustrations by Robert Crockett that help bring to life the full seasonal experience.

This is the second book Serio has published with Sterling Publishing Company. His first, Wallace Stevens, included a short biography of Stevens and 25 of Steven's best-loved poems selected and annotated by Serio.

Serio has been on the faculty of Clarkson since 1974. Prior to coming to Clarkson, he taught at Valparaiso University and the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Buffalo, his master's degree from Northwestern University, and his doctoral degree from Notre Dame.

In 1994 Serio published two books on Stevens, Wallace Stevens: An Annotated Bibliography (University of Pittsburgh Press) and Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, with B.J. Leggett (University of Tennessee Press). He is also a two-time Fulbright Grant recipient (1993 and 1998). Serio has been editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal for more than 20 years. Last spring he participated in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program, a university on a ship that travels around the world.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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