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

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