Poetry & Politics?: An Evening of Readings, Discussion & Debate

Sponsored by Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Research Unit


Tuesday, April 27, 2004
5:30 pm –
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Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

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Sponsored by DLCL & Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Translation & Criticism

Sam Hamill, Carol Muske Dukes, and Deborah Tall, with Charles Perrone, moderator and visiting Professor of Spanish & Portuguese

Sam Hamill is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry including Dumb Luck (2002), Gratitude(1998), and Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995 (1995), which won a Pushcart Prize; three collections of essays; and two dozen volumes translated from ancient Greek, Latin, Estonian, Japanese, and Chinese. He is editor of The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (2002, with Bradford Morrow), The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press (1996), The Erotic Spirit (1995), and Selected Poems of Thomas McGrath (1988). Hamill taught in prisons for fourteen years, in artist-in-residency programs for twenty years, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, and two Washington Governor's Arts Awards. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and director of the Port Townsend Writers' Conference. Hamill currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Carol Muske-Dukes is author of seven books of poetry, most recently Sparrow and An Octave Above Thunder, New & Selected Poems, 1997. Her two novels are Dear Digby and Saving St. Germ. In Spring of 2001, Random House published her third novel Life After Death as well as a collection of essays entitled Married to the Icepick Killer, A Poet in Hollywood. She is a regular critic for the New York Times Book Review and the LA Times Book Review and her collection of reviews and critical essays, Women and Poetry: Truth, Autobiography and the Shape of the Self was published in the "Poets on Poetry" series of the University of Michigan Press, 1997. Her work appears everywhere from the New Yorker to L.A. Magazine and she is anthologized widely, including in Best American Poems, 100 Great Poems by Women and many others. She is professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the new PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She has received many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill, the Witter Bynner award from the Library of Congress, the Castagnola award from the Poetry Society of America and several Pushcart Prizes.

Deborah Tall is the author of four books of poems, most recently Summons, which was chosen for the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize by Charles Simic and published by Sarabande Books. She is also author of two books of nonfiction, The Island of the White Cow: Memories of an Irish Island(Atheneum) and From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place (Knopf; paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press), and co-edited the anthology The Poet's Notebook(Norton) with Stephen Kuusisto and David Weiss. Tall has edited the literary journal Seneca Review since 1982.