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In celebration of his new collection The Known Universe, Terence Winch will be joined by fellow poet Donald Berger for a reading of their work. Following the reading, Winch, his brother Jesse, and Dominick Murray (all part of the original Celtic Thunder), along with his son Michael on fiddle, will play a short Irish music concert.
The son of Irish immigrants, poet, musician, and author Terence Winch was born in the Bronx, New York. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he became known as one of the “Mass Transit” poets of the early 1970s. His work often revolves around his Irish American identity, musical interests, and experiences growing up in the Bronx. Denise O’Meara, in a review of Irish Musicians/American Friends for the New York Irish History Journal, called his poems “talking blues, sung in an Irish American tempo.” Winch’s first collection of poetry, Irish Musicians/American Friends (1985), won an American Book Award. Winch’s second collection, The Great Indoors (1994), was chosen by poet Barbara Guest to receive the Columbia Book Award in 1996. Guest described the book’s “atmosphere of the bitter-sweet, the expert sense of line, and its many subtle and humorous ways of Washington, D.C.” Winch’s later books of poetry include The Drift of Things (2001) and Boy Drinkers (2007). Additionally, Winch has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry, as well as grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Fund for Poetry. He was also recently named the winner of a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing.
Donald Berger was born in New York and and grew up there and in Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Washington at Seattle. He is the author of three collections of poetry, The Long Time, a bilingual edition in English and German (Wallstein Press, Goettingen, Germany), Quality Hill (Lost Roads Publishers) and The Cream-Filled Muse (Fledermaus Press). Additionally, his poems and prose have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Fence, Ironwood, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, and other magazines including some in Berlin, Leipzig, and Budapest. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Germany, has spent a total of four years there, and has travelled widely in Europe and Asia. He was Lecturer and Administrative Director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland and has also taught at Montgomery College. He currently teaches in the Expository Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University.
TIME & DATE
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 7:00pm