Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Jorie Graham to Visit WGCP

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on February 9, 2011

Jorie Graham will join the WGCP to discuss her most recent collection, Sea Change, on February 18 from 3-5 PM in 116 of the Whitney Humanities Center.

Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a     journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French     schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending     New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied filmmaking. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

About her work, James Longenbach wrote in the New York Times: “For 30 years Jorie Graham has engaged the whole human contraption — intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic — rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems. She thinks of the poet not as a recorder but as a constructor of experience. Like Rilke or Yeats, she imagines the hermetic poet as a public figure, someone who addresses the most urgent philosophical and political issues of the time simply by writing poems.”

Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.

Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

Recordings of Graham reading form her work can be found online:

“Embodies” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20169

“Just Before” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20164

“Nearing Dawn” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20165

Upcoming WGCP Related Events

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on February 9, 2011

The Graduate Poets’ Reading Series presents: Christian Hawkey
7:00 pm, Thursday, February 10th
Linsly-Chittenden, Room 317
63 High St., New Haven, CT

Christian Hawkey is the author of Petitions for an Alien Relative (a chapbook by hand held editions, 2010), Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Citizen Of (Wave Books, 2007), Hour, Hour, a chapbook which includes drawings by the artist Ryan Mrowzowski (Delirium Press, 2006), and The Book of Funnels (Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Books will be sold at the reading, Cash or Check Only. For more information, please email Justin Sider (justin.sider@yale.edu) or Sarah Stone (sarah.stone@yale.edu)

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New Writing in German / Neue Literatur at Yale

You are invited to a one-day set of workshops and readings by 6 of the best up-and-coming German, Austrian, and Swiss novelists. Please join the Yale Department of German on Friday, February 11th from 1-7pm in Room 309, Wiliam H. Harkness Hall,

as they welcome:

who will discuss their recent work and the state of the novel written in German today.

1:00pm-5:15pm        Workshops in German

5:30-7:00pm              Readings/ Roundtable in English

7:00                                        Reception/ Dinner

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