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A. E. Stallings, the 54th Annual Wallace Stevens Poet, to visit UConn on March 8-9, 2017

A. E. Stallings
March 8 & 9, 2017
The 54th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

Wednesday March 8, 7 p.m., Konover Auditorium, UConn Storrs
Thursday March 9, 10 a.m., Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford
Both readings are free and open to the public

This program is sponsored by The Hartford.
Additional support is provided by UConn’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, and the Literary Translation Program, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Acclaimed American poet A.E. Stallings studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published three collections of poetry — Archaic Smile, Hapax, and Olives — and has been praised in The Hudson Review as the “most gifted formalist of her generation.” She is also a highly-regarded translator; the Times Literary Supplement named her verse translation of Lucretius’s The Nature of Things “one of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times.” Stallings’s awards include a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she lives in Athens, Greece.

Carl Phillips Interview

Carl Phillips, the 2016 Wallace Stevens Poet, was recently interviewed on NPR.  You can listen to the interview here.

Carl Phillips, the 2016 Wallace Stevens Poet – Readings on March 22 and 23

Carl Philips author photoThe 53nd Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with Carl Phillips at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut’s English Department and The Hartford are pleased to announce that Carl Phillips, the 53rd Annual Wallace Stevens Poet, will give two readings from his work, on March 22 and 23, 2016.

Mr. Phillips will read from his poems:

* At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus.  Student winners of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Award will also be honored at the event.  The reading will preceded by a reception starting at 6 p.m. in the lounge adjacent to the Konover Auditorium.  

* And at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts at 15 Vernon Street in Hartford.

The readings and the reception are free and open to the public.

Described as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” Carl Phillips is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, criticism, and translation. His most recent books of poetry include Reconnaissance (2015), Double Shadow (2011, winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award), and Speak Low (2009, finalist for the National Book Award). His work has been anthologized in The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (2003), The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000), and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (1988). According to the Judges’ Citation for the 1998 National Book Awards, “Carl Phillips’s passionate and lyrical poems read like prayers, with a prayer’s hesitations, its desire to be utterly accurate, its occasional flowing outbursts.”

Phillips’s many honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a Lambda Literary Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress. Phillips served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2012. He is Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor Modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former Vice President of The Hartford. In the last half century, the Program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut. This year’s Program is sponsored by The Hartford, as well as the University of Connecticut’s English Department, Humanities Institute, and Creative Writing Program, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional support is provided by the UConn Rainbow Center.

 

52nd Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart, American Academy

The University of Connecticut’s English Department and The Hartford are pleased to announce that Susan Stewart, the 52nd Annual Wallace Stevens Poet, will give readings from her work on April 1 and 2, 2015:

Wednesday April 1, Reception 6 p.m., Dodd Center Lounge; Poetry reading 7 p.m., Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road, Storrs, CT 06269;

Thursday April 2, 10 a.m., Poetry reading at Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Poet, critic, and translator Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. Stewart’s most recent books of poems (all published by the University of Chicago Press) are Red Rover (2008), Columbarium, which won a 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Forest (1995). Her translations and co-translations include Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini (Princeton, 2009), Euripides’s Andromache (Oxford, 2001), and the poetry and prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione. In 2013 she published two co-translations with Chicago: Laudomia Bonanni’s novel The Reprisal and Milo De Angelis’s most recent books of poetry, Theme of Farewell and After-Poems. Stewart’s most recent books of criticism (also with the University of Chicago Press) are The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making (2011); Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002), which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003 from the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2004; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics (2005), a collection of her writings on contemporary art.

A 1997 MacArthur Fellow, Stewart recently served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005, and four years later she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has collaborated with contemporary artists Ann Hamilton and Sandro Chia, among others. In October 2009, Stewart’s song cycle, Songs for Adam, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony with music by composer James Primosch, was premiered by the CSO with baritone Brian Mulligan and Sir Andrew Davis conducting.

This year’s Program is sponsored by The Hartford. Additional sponsorship is provided by the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute, Creative Writing Program, Aetna Chair of Writing, and English Department, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Student Poetry Prize winners!

Congratulations to Miller ObermanKatherine Monica, and Amber West, the winners of this year’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize. Read samples of their work here.

Paul Muldoon the 51st Annual Wallace Stevens Poet

The University of Connecticut’s English Department and The Hartford are pleased to announce that Paul Muldoon, the 51st Annual Wallace Stevens Poet, will give two readings from his work on April 9 and 10, 2014.

Mr. Muldoon will read at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 15 Vernon Street in Hartford.  He will present a second reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the Alumni Center on the UConn Storrs Campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.

The Times Literary Supplement has called Muldoon “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.” His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the European Prize for Poetry. The author of over a dozen volumes of poetry and criticism, Muldoon’s writing is typified by its brilliant wit and a dazzling reinvention of poetic forms.

Muldoon was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and now resides in the United States where he is poetry editor of The New Yorker and Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor Modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former Vice President of The Hartford.  In the last half century, the Program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut.  This year’s Program is sponsored by The Hartford, as well as the University of Connecticut’s English Department and the UConn Humanities Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.