KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series
Hosted by Laura Cronk & Michael Quattrone
With original hosts Star Black & David Lehman
Monday, September 29, 2008: Nicole Cooley & Kimiko Hahn
NICOLE COOLEY grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is the author of two books of poetry and a novel. Her fourth book, Breach, a collection of poems about Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press. Her awards include The Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for her first book, Resurrection, a Discovery/The Nation Award, an NEA, a Creative Artists fellowship from The American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. She directs the new MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-The City University of New York.
KIMIKO HAHN is the author of seven collections of poetry, including, The Unbearable Heart which received an American Book Award; Earshot, a Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Award; and most recently, The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006). The latter—whose title is stolen from the haiku master, Basho—consists of work inspired by Japanese classical forms. She has also written for film; the latest, Everywhere At Once, was narrated by Jeanne Moreau and premiered at The Cannes Film Festival. Her fellowships include those from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the Shelley Memorial Prize. Her work has been widely anthologized (Contemporary American Poetry edited by Poulin and Waters, The Heath Anthology of American Literature edited by Lauter et al., The Best American Poetry 1996 edited by Rich, etc.) and has been the subject of scholarly writing. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English Department and MFA Program at Queens College, The City University of New York.
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