Poetry Series

in Spotlight
September 24th, 2013

Co-sponsored by the College of General Studies and the BU Center for the Humanities (BUCH), the Poetry Reading Series strives to make poetry a fundamental part of university and community life. By presenting the work of both renowned and emerging poets, the series attempts to broaden our vision of poetry’s concerns and effects. In the past, the series has featured readings by Jorie Graham, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Geoffrey Hill, Vona Groarke, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Marilyn Hacker, David Ferry, and Linda Gregg, among others.

All readings are free and open to the public. Please direct any questions to Meg Tyler, mtyler@bu.edu, 617-358-4199.

Schedule of Events:

Michael Longley

Part of the IRISH VOICES series

Tuesday, October 15th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

michael longleyOne of the outstanding elegists and war poets of the last four decades, Michael Longley is also preoccupied with love – that ‘No Man’s Land’, as he calls it, ‘between one human being and another’ – and with the beauty (sometimes savagery) of the natural world. Those themes – as with such predecessors as Robert Graves and Edward Thomas – are entwined throughout his writings. Seamus Heaney calls him “a custodian of griefs and wonders.” Longley’s 1991 Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Subsequently, The Weather in Japan (2000) won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Longley’s recent publications include Snow Water (2004), Collected Poems (2006) and A Hundred Doors (2011). In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He divides his time between Belfast and County Mayo.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, the Department of Classics (CAS), AGNI and the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Part of the IRISH VOICES series

CANCELLED: Will be rescheduled for a later date. The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

eilean ni chuilleanainEiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s transforming and transporting ways of seeing are like no other: there’s the ‘whisper of a cashmere sleeve,’ the nuns’ ‘leathery kiss’ and a lighthouse ‘scraping the sea with its beam.’ Ní Chuilleanáin is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Acts and Monuments (1966), The Magdalene Sermon (1989), Selected Poems (2009) and The Sun-fish (2010). She translated Ileana Malancioiu’s After the Raising of Lazarus (2005) from the Romanian and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s The Water Horse (2001, co-translated with Medbh McGuckian). She has won numerous awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the prestigious O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award by The Irish American Cultural Institute, which called her “among the very best poets of her generation.” She lives and teaches in Dublin.

Event will be moderated by Mary O’Donoghue, Irish fiction writer, poet and translator, author of Before the House Burns (The Lilliput Press, 2010) and Among These Winters (Dedalus Press, 2007). She is also Associate Professor of English at Babson College.

This event is co-sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative, the Center for the Study of Europe, AGNI and the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture.


Tom Pickard

Monday, November 11th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

tom pickard“Young Tom Pickard for years ran the Morden Tower readings in Newcastle, Great Britain, and from early 1960s on was chief friend, host & proponent of new-wave American poetics . . . Under guidance from his friend the elder Basil Bunting he’s writ poetry with condensation, sharp focus and local speech directness, in lineage joining William Carlos Williams and ‘Geordie’ lyric vernacular.” (Allen Ginsberg) Tom Pickard’s volumes of poetry include Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems (2002), The Dark Months of May (2004), and The Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood Editions, 2007) recounts the true adventures of an eighteenth-century gypsy musician who lived on the English-Scottish Borders and died in Durham jail, serving a life sentence for stealing a horse. His memoir, More Pricks Than Prizes, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2010. He has written for film, radio and television.

This event will be moderated by the poet William Corbett, editor of Pressed Wafer.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and AGNI.


David Ferry

Thursday December 5th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

david ferryDavid Ferry was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1924. He is the author of six books of poems and the translator of Gilgamesh, the Odes and Epistles of Horace, and the Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, and is at work on a translation of the Aeneid. He is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College and also teaches at Suffolk University. In 2011, he was awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, and he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998. In 2012 he won the national Book Award for his most recent volume of Poetry, Bewilderment.




Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Thursday, February 13th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

rowan ricardo phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, literary and art critic, and translator. He is the author of The Ground: poems, (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2012) and is the recipient of a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry. Dalkey Archive published a book of his criticism in 2010, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and he has translated extensively from the Catalan. He has a BA from Swarthmore College and a PhD from Brown University. Currently he is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Poetry Center at Stony Brook University as well as a contributing writer for Artforum. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English (CAS) and AGNI.

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