Two of America’s preeminent poets to give readings on campus
Charles Wright and Mark Strand— the present and a past poet laureate of the United States — will visit the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
The reading by former poet laureate Strand will take place at 4 p.m. at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. The event is part of the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series.
Wright, who is the current U.S. poet laureate, will read from his work at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Yale University Art Gallery, 201 York St., as part of Yale Literature and Spirituality Series sponsored by Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Both events are open to the public free of charge.
Mark Strand was U.S. poet laureate from 1990 to 1991. His latest book, “Collected Poems,” was published this year; an earlier collection, titled “Blizzard of One” (1998), won the Pulitzer Prize. He has also published two books of prose, several volumes of translation, several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. His honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize (presented by Yale’s Beinecke Library), the Bobbitt Prize, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize, and a Rockefeller Foundation award. He has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Charles Wright is the U.S. poet laureate for 2014-2015. He is the author of 24 collections of poems; his most recent book is “Caribou” (2014). Wright’s honors include the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for “Black Zodiac”; the National Book Award for “Country Music: Selected Early Poems”; the Bollingen Prize for “Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems”; and the International Griffin Poetry Prize for “Scar Tissue.” In 2008, he received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry from the Library of Congress.