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NYU to Host Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Celebration: “A Life in Poetry”—Dec. 5

November 13, 2013

New York University will host “A Life in Poetry,” a centenary tribute to poet Muriel Rukeyser, on Thurs., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m. at NYU’s School of Law, Greenberg Lounge (40 Washington Square South [between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets]).

The event will include readings from Rukeyser’s work, especially The Life of Poetry, her collection of essays about American culture and the significance of the arts in daily life. Following each reading, participants will speak about The Life of Poetry and how Rukeyser’s writing influenced their own work and why her writing remains essential today.

Speakers include: NYU Professor Carol Gilligan; political humorist Kate Clinton; poet Gerald Stern; Jennifer Benka, executive director of the American Academy of Poets; Jan Freeman, director of Paris Press, and poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Academy of American Poets, Poets House, and Paris Press, publisher of Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry, which was first published by Current Books in 1949 and reprinted by Paris Press in 1996.

Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Editor’s Note:
The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers—established and emerging—to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit

Paris Press is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) literary press publishing groundbreaking work by women writers that has been overlooked by the independent and mainstream publishing worlds. Paris Press was founded in 1995 to bring back into print Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry. Paris Press releases one to two books per year, and sponsors educational-outreach programs throughout the country under their new Lazarus Initiative. The Press values work that is daring in style and in its courage to speak truthfully about society, culture, history, and the human heart. For additional information, please contact Jan Freeman at 413.628.0051, 413.374.1799, or For more, please visit

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NYU to Host Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Celebration: “A Life in Poetry”—Dec. 5

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