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David Yezzi will be reading from his new book of poetry, Black Sea, which considers what it’s like, during times of roiling change, to feel like a stranger on one’s own street and in one’s own country. He has three previous books of poetry including Birds of the Air, and is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. His libretto for David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel has been performed widely and was issued on CD in 2007, and his verse plays One the Rocks, Dirty Dan & Other Travesties, and Schnauzer have been produced in New York and Baltimore. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is editor of The Hopkins Review.
Poet, translator, editor, and essayist Christian Wiman is the author of numerous books of poetry, prose, and poetry in translation. His poetry collection Every Riven Thing (2010) won the Commonwealth Prize from the English Speaking Union, was a finalist for the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award, and was named one of the New Yorker’s top 11 poetry books of 2010. His latest collection, Once in the West was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. His debut collection, The Long Home, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Stolen Air contains Wiman’s translations of Osip Mandelstam’s poetry. With Don Share, Wiman co-edited The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine. Wiman’s essay collections include My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (2013) and Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (2007). Joy: 100 Poems (2017) is a contemporary anthology, selected by Wiman, which takes readers on a profound and surprising journey through some of the most underexplored terrain in contemporary life.
Wiman was raised in West Texas and earned a BA at Washington and Lee University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he served as the editor of Poetry magazine from 2003 to 2013. He received an honorary doctorate from North Central College. He has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, Lynchburg College, and Yale Divinity School. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm