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.
Yusef Komunyakaa's thirteen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular-for which he received the Pulitzer Prize-Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch. His many honors include the William Faulkner Prize (Université de Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art, and libretti have been performed internationally and include Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He teaches at New York University.
Paul Muldoon is the author of eleven collections of poetry, includingMoy Sand and Gravel, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is also an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He is the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton and poetry editor of the New Yorker.
Steve Scafidi Jr. is the author of Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer(2001), For Love of Common Words (2006), and The Cabinetmaker's Window (2014) with Louisiana State University Press, and a fourth collection of poems concerning the life of Abraham Lincoln, which will appear with the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2014. He works as a cabinetmaker and lives with his family in Summit Point, West Virginia.
Born in Mexico, Michael Schmidt studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford. He is professor of poetry at Glasgow University and writer-in-residence at St. John's College, Cambridge. He is a founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited and a founder (1972) and general editor of PN Review. An anthologist, translator, critic, and literary historian, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received an O.B.E. in 2006 for services to poetry. Recent publications include Collected Poems (2009) and a forthcoming history of the novel in English for Harvard University Press, a companion volume to his Lives of the Poets (Knopf, 1999) and The First Poets (Knopf, 2006).
C. D. Wright is the author of more than a dozen books, most recently,One with Others, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Her book Rising, Falling, Hovering won the 2009 International Griffin Poetry Prize. With photographer Deborah Luster she published One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, which won the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. On a fellowship for writers from the Wallace Foundation, Wright curated a "Walk-in Book of Arkansas," a multimedia exhibition that toured throughout her native state. In 2004 she was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2005 she received the Robert Creeley Award. Wright is on the faculty at Brown University. She is married to poet Forrest Gander and they have a son, Brecht.