Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Readings

In the Spirit of Room 222

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 our creative writing workshops continue to meet. The Robert Lowell Memorial Lectures celebrate this legacy, and the thriving community of writers, teachers and students at Boston University, by bringing a distinguished poet to campus each semester to read alongside a recent graduate of the program.

This series is made possible due to the generous support of Nancy Livingston (COM ’69) and Fred Levin.  Many thanks to Nancy and Fred for supporting the Lowell Memorial Reading Series since 2004.

Upcoming reading:

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
Jane Hirshfield with alumna Natasha Hakimi (Poetry ’12)
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
BU Mugar Library First Floor, Richards-Roosevelt Room


Jane Hirshfield (credit Curt Richter)

Described by The New York Times as “radiant and passionate” and by other reviewers as “ethically aware,” conveying “succinct wisdom,” Jane Hirshfield’s subjects range from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific to subtle unfoldings of daily life and experience. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Beauty (longlisted for the National Book Award); Come, Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); as well as two books of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015) and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She has also edited and co-translated four books containing the work of poets from the past including The Heart of Haiku, on Matsuo Basho, named an Amazon Best Book of 2011. Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia Univer­sity’s Translation Center Award; and (both twice) The California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. In 2012 she was received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. In fall 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellow­ship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

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Natasha Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and in English from UCLA. She has received two May Merill Miller Awards, a Ruth Brill Award and a Falling Leaves Award for her creative work, as well as two L.A. Press Club Awards for her work as a reporter. In 2016, Literal Publishing released bilingual editions of her translations of Alicia Borinsky’s My Husband’s Woman and Liliana Lukin’s Theater of Operations.

Please click the photos below to view more information about our recent readings. Thank you for visiting!

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Fall 2017: Mark Doty and Tomas Unger

Tom Sleigh

Spring 2017: Tom Sleigh and Laura Marris

Rita Dove

Fall 2016: Rita Dove and Duy Doan

CD Wright

Spring 2016: Tribute to C.D. Wright

Yusef Komunyakaa and Vanesha Pravin

Fall 2015: Yusef Komunyakaa and Vanesha Pravin

Robert Hass and Meg Tyler

Spring 2015: Robert Hass and Meg Tyler

Sharon Olds and Renee Emerson

Fall 2014: Sharon Olds and Renee Emerson

Paul Muldoon and Bekah Stout

Spring 2014: Paul Muldoon and Bekah Stout

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

 

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