WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series closes with a very special reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück on Thursday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Pollak Theatre on Monmouth University’s campus.
Louise Glück is one of America’s finest contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, Glück is also a former U.S. Poet Laureate and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply into our own nature.” Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass called Glück “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing.”Evocative and lyrically graceful, Glück's work is noted for its emotional intensity and technical precision. Her language, staunchly straightforward, is clear and refined, so-much-so one does “not see the intervening fathoms.” Fellow Pulitzer Prize winner and Long Branch native, poet Robert Pinsky describes Glück as using “language so plain it can almost seem like someone is speaking to you spontaneously – but it’s always intensely distinguished.”
Glück's recent books are A Village Life (2009), which was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize; Averno (2006), which was nominated for the National Book Award, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year; and her latest volume, Poems: 1962-2012. She is currently working on a new collection of poems, Faithful and Virtuous Night.
Her earlier work includes The Seven Ages (2001); Vita Nova (1999), winner of The New Yorker Magazine’s Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), which received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Glück has received many honors. In 2001, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize, given biennially for a poet's lifetime achievement. And in 2008, Glück received the Wallace Stevens Award for “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.” Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize, M.I.T. Anniversary Medal, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Glück taught at Williams College for 20 years and is currently the Rosenkranz writer-in-residence at Yale University. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1999 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world (Andrei Codrescu, Colm Tóibín, Adam Zagajewski,) and our own backyard (Long Branch’s own U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky) to campus. With our Visiting Writers Series, we hope the audience will experience a renewed sense of their relationship to poetry and fiction, to language, and to be moved emotionally by that writer’s representation of what it means to be a human being, whether that experience is one of joy, celebration, longing, or sorrow.
For additional information, please contact the director of the Visiting Writers Series, Michael Thomas at 732-263-5635 or visit online at www.monmouth.edu/arts.
Event: A Reading by Louise Glück
Date: Thursday, April 24,2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ
Sponsored By: Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts
Cost: Free and Open to the Public