Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Franz Wright to Speak at Boston University

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
October 31st, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Distinguished poet Franz Wright will give a lecture entitled Language as a Sacrament in the New Testament on Thursday, November 1 at Boston University. The talk will explore the idea of language as sacrament in the Christian scriptures, as well as the poetic forms used by Jesus in his teaching. He will also discuss the possibility of religious poetry in our own unpropitious time.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2007
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston University School of Management Trustee Ballroom (9th Floor, 595 Commonwealth Avenue)
Admission: Free, Open to Public

Franz Wright was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his collection Walking to Martha’s Vineyard and in 2003 he received the Voelcker Award for Poetry. Additional honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship and two National Endowment of the Arts grants. The lecture is being hosted by the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Born in Austria in 1953, Wright grew up mainly in the Midwest as well as Northern California. He has published more than 15 collections of poetry and has done five translations of modern and contemporary French and German poets, including Rainer Maria Rilke. He and his father, acclaimed poet James Wright, are the only parent and child pair to win Pulitzer Prizes in the same category. Franz Wright’s poems regularly appear in the New Yorker. His papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

The Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts, now in its eighth year, is a part of the Department of Religion at Boston University. Its mission is to explore the artistry of both the Jewish and Christian Bibles, as well as the various literatures that constitute the secular “afterlife” of those scriptures. Participants in the Program study how writers across diverse historical periods, cultural traditions, and literary genres have drawn inspiration from the Bible and have, in turn, invested the scriptures with their own distinct meaning. By investigating these reciprocal relationships, the Program aims to establish the scriptures in the literary education of students and in the research interests of faculty both at Boston University and within the larger community. For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/luce.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theatre, film, television, and political and religious movements. With collections from more than 2,000 notable figures, the Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/archives.

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