National Portrait Gallery Presents Author Talk: LINES IN LONG ARRAY Today
Join ten award-winning poets while they read the original poems they created for the new Portrait Gallery book Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration today, November 16, 2 pm, McEvoy Auditorium.
These major American poets were asked to consider the Civil War and provide their own unique interpretation of the events from a contemporary perspective. They produced deeply felt and well-wrought poems on subjects ranging from the history of the conflict to the experience of the common soldier.
At the reading, they will debut their new work and also read from other poems about the war. The readings will conclude with a round-table discussion about the war and its lasting impact on American culture and history.
Following the program, authors will sign copies of the book, available for purchase on site.
Eavan Boland was born in Ireland and now teaches at Stanford University. She has published many books of poetry, including Outside History: Selected Poems (1990), In Time of Violence (1994), andDomestic Violence (2007). She has also written critical studies of poetry and the poetic tradition, including Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (1995) and, most recently, A Journey With Two Maps (2011).
Geoffrey Brock's first book of poetry, Weighing Light, appeared in 2005, and his second Voices Bright Flags, is forthcoming. He is the editor of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry and the translator of several books from Italian, including Cesare Pavese's Disaffections: Complete Poems, 1930-1950. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He teaches creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas.
Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her sister spent their summers with their grandparents in Knoxville, and she graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, in 1968. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk, that same year. Within the next year she published a second book, thus launching her career as a writer. The author of some thirty books for both adults and children, Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Jorie Graham is the author of twelve collections of poetry, includingThe Dream of the Unified Field, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently Place (HarperCollins/ Carcanet). Other recent books includeOverlord, a collection of poems that meditate on the events surrounding D-Day on Omaha Beach, as she spent ten years living on those grounds in Normandy. She teaches at Harvard University.
John Koethe is the author of nine books of poetry, including Domes(1973), which received the Frank O'Hara Award; Falling Water (1997), which received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Ninety-Fifth Street (2009), which received the Lenore Marshall Prize. His most recent book is ROTC Kills (2012), and he is also the author of books on Wittgenstein and skepticism. He is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee.