Thursday, April 10: The Visiting Writers Series invites you to hear Peter Gizzi read from his new book, In Defense of Nothing, Selected Poems, 1987-2011 published by Wesleyan University Press at 8pm in Memorial Hall.
Please join us to celebrate this extraordinary achievement.
UMass MFA 50th from C.S. Ward on Vimeo.
The Academy of American Poets announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery has selected Chris Hosea (MFA '06) as the recipient of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award, the Academy's prestigious first book prize. As the winner of the Whitman Award, Hosea's manuscript, Put Your Hands In, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2014 and the Academy of American Poets will purchase and distribute thousands of copies of the book to its members.
On June 7, 2012, the Library of Congress appointed Natasha Trethewey (MFA ’95) as the next United States Poet Laureate. Ms. Trethewey is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of three collections of poetry and is currently a professor of creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more about this event and listen to interviews on NPR at the links listed below:
Read the Library of Congress Press Release here, the New York Times article here. Listen to interviews with her on NPR and here.
Fall 2011 marks the publication of Peter Gizzi’s, Threshold Songs (Wesleyan University Press) and Sabina Murray’s Tales of the New World (Grove Press). James Tate’s Eternal Ones of the Dream: Selected Poems Later Poems (Ecco) and Noy Holland’s Swim for the Littlest One First (FC2) are forthcoming spring 2012.
On Aug. 4, 2011, James Tate's poetry was featured as part of Tanglewood's 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music. Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winning Charles Wuorinen, the 2011 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood premiered Wuorinen's It Happened Like This, a dramatic, semi-staged, operatic cantata with four singers and 12 instrumentalists, set to six selections from James Tate's Return to the City of White Donkeys (2004). Read the reviews...