Readings & Events

36th Annual Reading Series
Love on the Line: Poems about Love Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 7:30pm
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
AWP off-site event

Cynthia Atkins, Frank Bidart, Kurt Brown, A. Van Jordan, Paul Muldoon, Elise Paschen, and Robert Polito read from and discuss their work.

Cynthia AtkinsCynthia Atkins is the author of the collection of poems, Psyche's Weathers (WordTech 2007). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals including, American Letters & Commentary, Bloomsbury Review, Bomb, Caketrain, Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review, Good Foot, New York Quarterly, North Dakota Review, Pearl, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Sou'Wester, The Texas Review, and Verse, among others, and also in the anthologies In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself and Blues For Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews. (Akron Press, 2005). Atkins is artistic director of Writers @ Jordan House/FAIR (reading series and workshops).

Frank BidartFrank Bidart is the author of Star Dust (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), Music Like Dirt (2002), and Desire (1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. Other publications include Golden State (1973), The Sacrifice (1983) and a collection of early work, In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990). His honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America, and The Paris Review's first Bernard F. Conners Prize for "The War of Vaslav Nijinsky" in 1981. In 2007, he received the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry. Bidart was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2003.

Kurt BrownKurt Brown's first full-length collection of poems, Return of the Prodigals, was published by Four Way Books in 1999. A second collection, More Things in Heaven and Earth, was published by Four Way books in 2002. He is the author of five chapbooks: The Lance & Rita Poems, which won the Sound Post Press competition in Columbia, Missouri (1994); Recension of the Biblical Watchdog, which won the Anamnesis Poetry Chapbook Competition (1997); A Voice in the Garden: Poems of Sandor Tádjèck published by beyond Baroque Literary/ Arts Center (1998); Mammal News, Pudding House Press (2000); and Fables from the Ark, which won the Woodland Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (2002). His poems have appeared in many literary periodicals, including The Ontario Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Indiana Review, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Kansas Quarterly, and Crazyhorse. Brown is the editor of numerous publications, including Drive, They Said: Poems about Americans and their cars (1994), Verse & Univers: Poems about Science and Mathematics (1998), and The Measured Word: on Poetry & Science, from the University of Georgia Press (2001).

A. Van JordanA. Van Jordan is the author of Rise, published by Tia Chucha Press, 2001, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and selected for the Book of the Month Club from the Academy of American Poets. His second book, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, published by W.W. Norton & Co, 2004, was awarded an Anisfield-Wolf Award and listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times (TLS). Jordan was also awarded a Whiting Writers Award in 2005 and a Pushcart Prize in 2006, 30th Edition. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem Workshop. Quantum Lyrics was published July 2007 by W.W. Norton & Co. He is a recent recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2007

Paul MuldoonPaul Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973); Mules (1977); Why Brownlee Left (1980); Quoof(1983); Meeting The British (1987); Madoc: A Mystery (1990); The Annals of Chile (1994); Hay (1998); Poems 1998-1998 (2001); Moy Sand and Gravel (2002); for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize; and Horse Latitudes (2006). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature in 1996. Other awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the 2004 Shakespeare Prize. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."

Elise PacshenElise Paschen's new poetry collection, Bestiary, will be published by Red Hen Press in February, 2009. She also is the author of Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in The New Republic, Shenandoah, and TriQuarterly, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children and co-editor of Poetry Speaks, Poetry Speaks Expanded, Poetry in Motion, and Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is the co-founder of "Poetry in Motion," a nation-wide program which places poetry posters in subways and buses. Paschen teaches in the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Robert PolintoRobert Polito is the author of many publications, among them Doubles (a book o poems), A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover, and Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Polito writes regularly for BOOKFORUM, and his most recent book is The Selected Poems of Kenneth Fearing, from the Library of America. Other recent edited books include Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s, Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s and editions of Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain for Everyman Library. He recently contributed a catalog essay to About Face, a retrospective of Manny Farber's paintings, an essay on Bob Dylan to Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, an essay on the Kinks for This is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project, and an essay on Allen Ginsberg to "Howl": Fifty Years Later. He directs the Graduate Writing Program at The New School in New York City.