Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 7 pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College
“…Poems of monumental grief, stoicism, rapture, and sharp humor…Young is a virtuoso.” –Booklist
Poet Kevin Young’s work crosses vernaculars. Equally at home in the language of the blues, the patois of the South and its culinary delights, the lexicon of loss, and the expression of new life, Young’s career began as a founding member of the Black Room Collective, a Cambridge-based forum for emerging black writers. Since those formative years, Young has become an award-winning writer, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary poetry. He visits Scripps to share poems from his latest anthology, Blue Laws, featuring work from the last two decades.
Young has previously authored seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Jelly Roll, a finalist for the National Book Award. Young’s book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book, among other accolades. He is currently the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English, curator of Literary Collections, and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.
Monday, February 1, 2016 @ 6:45 in the Claremont McKenna College Athenaeum
Louise Glück is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Seven Ages (Ecco Press, 2001); Vita Nova(1999), winner of The New Yorker Magazine’s Book Award in Poetry;Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), for which she received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Kane Award. She has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry(1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. A chapbook, October, was published by Saraband Books in 2003. Glück’s tenth book of poetry is Averno (FSG), which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2006 and was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year. Her new collection of poems is entitled A Village Life, (September 2009, FSG).
Glück’s honors also include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), M.I.T. Anniversary Medal (2000), the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award (2007), and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Glück received the 2008 Wallace Stevens Award for “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.”