This week we welcome back Kristina Marie Darling as our guest author. Kristina is the author of over twenty books, including Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and Scorched Altar: Selected Poems and Stories 2007-2014 (BlazeVOX Books, 2014). Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, as well as grants from the Kittredge Fund and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was recently selected as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.
In other news . . .
Save the date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM A book launch and reading of Paul Violi’s Selected Poems: 1970-2007 (Gingko Press), edited by Charles North and Tony Towle.
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
With David Lehman, faculty, MFA Program, and the winners of the annual Paul Violi Poetry Prize established in Paul’s honor in 2011. Lehman will join Charles North, and Tony Towle, editors of the Selected Poems, in reading from the new book. The winners of the first four Paul Violi poetry competitions -- Alex Crowley, Justin Sherwood, Alexandra Bennett, andCarson Donnelly – will also read.
Paul Violi, one of the major New York School poets of his generation, was celebrated for his inventive wit, his ability to find the poetic resonance of nonpoetic language, and his ability to get serious ideas across without didactic earnestness. An inspiring poet and beloved instructor, he wrote more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Waterworks (1972); In Baltic Circles (1973, 2011); Harmatan (1977), which was based on his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria; the groundbreaking Splurge (1982); Likewise(1988); The Curious Builder (1993); Breakers: Selected Poems (2000); and Overnight (2007).