Wright Hall Auditorium

7:30 PM


   
Carolyn Forche
 

CAROLYN FORCHÉ is the author of three collections of poetry: Gathering the Tribes, the winner of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize, The Country Between Us, and The Angel of History, which Robert Creeley called “beautifully transparent and haunting." She is also editor of the anthology Against Forgetting, as well as contributing the text for El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers. She has translated the works of Claribel Alegría, traveling to Spain to work with the political exile. A dedicated political and humanitarian activist herself, she has worked in El Salvador and other countries, as well as countless organizations. Forché has won the Hiroshima Foundation’s Award for her work on behalf of peace, as well as numerous writing fellowships, including N.E.A. grants and a Guggenheim. Forché teaches in the M.F.A. program at George Mason University, and continues to write her exquisite and indelible “poetry of witness.”

 
     
 


   
 

Neilson Browsing Room

7:30 PM

 

 




 
 

Yusef Komunyakka

YUSEF KOMUNYAKKA is a poet of enormous clarity and grace who melds the experiences of being an educator, a philosopher, an African American, a blues musician, and a soldier in the Vietnam War into blues-infused, luminous riffs of poems so powerful they catch in the throat. Prolific in his efforts, he has produced numerous books of original poetry and anthologies, a book of brilliant essays on writing, and recorded an album of jazz-poetry with the musician John Tchicai. Komunyakkaa received the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, as well as being awarded the Faulkner Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Award. A gifted and dedicated teacher, he started his career in education in the New Orleans public schools. He is now a full professor at Princeton University.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
Forrest Hamer
 

Forrest Hamer

FORREST HAMER’s poems deal deftly with issues of race, sexuality, identity, family, and his childhood in the South. Yusef Komunyakaa lauds his ability to translate “everyday feelings” for all of us: “Southern, American, universal—the voices cohere into a seamless, symphonic bravo for human endurance." A practicing psychologist and a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Hamer has been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Kenyon Review, and ZYZZYVA and other journals. His debut collection of poetry, Call and Response, won the Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award and was released in 1995 to great praise.

 
 

 

 

   
 

 

     
 

Neilson Browsing Room

7:30 PM

 

     
 
Susan Snively
 

Susan Snively

Local poet SUSAN SNIVELY, who is the director of the Writing Center at Amherst College and teaches courses in writing and women's autobiographies, has published three collections of poems: From This Distance, Voices in the House, and, more recently, The Undertow.

Former Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur described her work as "clean-cut, fluent, witty, direct, fully of personality and surprise. [She] can also be deeply meditative, grave and affecting, uproarious."

 
 

 



 
 
 

Agha Shahid Ali

(1949-2001)

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
 
   
 

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

7:30 PM

 

 





 
 

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


     
 
Cathy Song
 

Cathy Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Kim Addonizio
  Kim Addonizio  
     

 

 

 
 

 

 

     
 

 

     
 


 

 


 
 
 

Stoddard Auditorium

7:30 PM

 

 

 
 
 

Adrienne Su

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
       
 
 

Mark Doty

“A new book of poems—or of anything—by MARK DOTY is good news in a dark time,” says W.S. Merwin. After seven volumes of poetry (an eighth on the way) and three books of nonfiction, Doty has gifted readers with his tidal voice speaking to a partner lost to AIDS, “[y]ou came back, so I could see you/ once more, plainly, so I could rest against you/ without thinking this happiness lessened anything,/ without thinking you were alive again” or to life itself “That’s all I can do, describe./ I’ve nowhere else to go, nothing else/ to make.”  Doty unravels the themes of grief, sexuality and transformation. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, The New Yorker and in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

 

 
 


     
         
 

Stoddard Auditorium

7:30 PM

 

     
 

 

Alice Fulton

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

     
         
 

Stoddard Auditorium

7:30 PM

   
 


 

Honor Moore

HONOR MOORE ’s first collection of poems, Memoir, was published in 1988 to critical acclaim. The White Blackbird, Moore’s “biography with traces of memoir” of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent, won the Judy Grahn Award and was a finalist for the 1997 Lamda Literary Award.  Moore is also author of Mourning Pictures, a verse play, and editor of The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women.  Her second and much anticipated collection of poems, Darling, published in 2001, explores painters and painting, love and sex. “We are in the presence of a poet to be praised not only for the eloquence and musicality of her voice,” writes Carolyn Forché, “but also for the courage of her moral engagement. [This] is not only beautiful work, it is brave.”  

 

 
       
 
Joan Larkin
 

Joan Larkin

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
 

Neilson Browsing Room

4:30 PM

 

     
 
Chana Bloch
 

Chana Bloch

CHANA BLOCH is best-known for her brilliant translations of the great Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, including his Selected Poetry, and Open Closed Open: Poems (with Stephen Mitchell).  She has also translated the Biblical Song of Songs and Dahlia Ravikovitch’s The Window and Dress of Fire.  Recipient of many awards and honors for her poems and translations, Bloch has published three collections of her own work, the most recent of which, Mrs. Dumpty, won the 1998 Felix Pollak Prize. Jean Valentine hailed this riveting verse-memoir of the dissolution of a long marriage, as “a clear-eyed and heartbreaking series of poems.”  Bloch currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Mills College.

 

 

 

 
 

 


     
 

Stoddard Hall Auditorium

7:30 PM

 

     
 


 

J. D. McClatchy

J.D. MCCLATCHY’s contributions to American literary life are far-reaching.  In addition to formally masterful poems – his fourth and most recent volume of poetry is Ten Commandments – he is known for elegant translations and poignant essays, including those collected in White Paper, which received the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Cane Award. Editor of The Yale Review and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and recipient of numerous distinguished awards, McClatchy has taught at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia Universities, and in 1996 was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Edmund White, of The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, writes, “[A] poet such as McClatchy ... reassure[s] us that the highest, most refining principles are still at play and that they have been applied, first and foremost, to his own poems, which are as new as they are old, as original as they are traditional.”

 
   

 

 
 

 

John M. Greene Hall

7:30 PM


     
 
 

Ntozake Shange

NTOZAKE SHANGE ’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf: A Choreo-Poem, with its spectrum of revelatory voices exploring a black woman’s experience, changed the face of American theater forever.  Shange has written six volumes of poetry, a novel: Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo; and a children’s book, I Live in Music. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, and the Distinguished Medal of Literature from Barnard College.  She was also Heavyweight Poetry Champion of the World from 1992 to 1994. The Houston Chronicle has called Shange, “a poet who knows how to loosen the structures, to give form to the warm exudates of the black self and the pain and joy of the black heritage, and to chart the rushing waters of the old and new rivers confluent at the mouth of the present.”   

 
 

 


 



 
 

     
 
 

 
     

 

 
       
       
       
         
 


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