Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Readings

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In the Spirit of Room 222

At Boston University in the late 1950s, Robert Lowell led a workshop whose students included three younger writers: George Starbuck, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. This legendary group gathered in the same small, corner classroom where creative writing classes continue to meet. The Robert Lowell Memorial Lectures celebrate this legacy, and the thriving community of writers, teachers and students at the University, by bringing a distinguished poet to campus each semester to read alongside a recent graduate of the program.

Please click the photos below to view videos of our recent readings. Thank you for visiting!

John Ashbery and Sophie Grimes

Fall 2013: John Ashbery and Sophie Grimes

Spring 2013: Terrance Hayes and Ani Gjika

Spring 2013: Terrance Hayes and Ani Gjika

Fall 2012: C.K. Williams and Eleanor Goodman

Fall 2012: C.K. Williams and Eleanor Goodman

Spring 2012: Jorie Graham and Patrick Ryan Frank

Spring 2012: Jorie Graham and Patrick Ryan Frank

Fall 2011: Henri Cole and Sara Peters

Fall 2011: Henri Cole and Sara Peters

Spring 2011: Kay Ryan and Katherine Hollander

Spring 2011: Kay Ryan and Katherine Hollander

An overview
of the program

The Director's letter

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The Global Fellowships

Our MFA students have the opportunity to live, write, and explore for up to three months, anywhere in the world.

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The Legacy
of Room 222

Read about our two most celebrated workshops

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