Reading and Book Signing: Louise Glück and Dana Levin

O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall




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Louise Glück is one of America’s finest contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and many other honors, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books, including The Wild Iris (Ecco, 1992) and Averno (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006). Glück’s considerable accomplishments as a poet are apparent in her newest volume, Poems: 1962–2012 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012). Glück is currently Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University.

Ms. Glück’s new and career-spanning Poems 1962–2012 is a major event in this country’s literature, perhaps this year’s most major. . . . She sounds like no one else.

The New York Times

Dana Levin is the author of In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005) and Sky Burial (2011)all from Copper Canyon Press. Sky Burial was noted for 2011 year-end honors by the San Francisco Chronicle, Coldfront, Library Journal and The New Yorker, which called the book “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Levin’s poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, Poetry magazine and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. Levin teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Dana Levin’s poems are extravagant . . . her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention . . . they surprise us.

Los Angeles Times

In Levin’s hands the fragment becomes a tool of regeneration and self-understanding. It’s as if the very idea of the sentence has to be rethought from the beginning.

Boston Review