Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Galway Kinnell and Philip Levine will read from their most recent works on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m., at New York University’s Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South. A featured event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Fall Reading Series, the reading is free and open to the public. For further information, call 212.998.8816.
Kinnell, former Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at NYU, will read from his new book of poems, Strong Is Your Hold, just out from Houghton Mifflin. A former MacArthur Fellow, he has authored many books of poetry including What a Kingdom It Was; The Avenue Bearing the Initial of Christ Into the New World; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words; Selected Poems, for which he received the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone; and Imperfect Thirst. His latest translation is The Essential Rilke (1999).
Levine, Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program, is the author of 16 collections of poetry including Not This Pig; The Names of the Lost; Ashes: Poems New and Old; What Work Is, for which he received the National Book Award for Poetry; and The Simple Truth, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Levine has also published a collection of essays, The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography, edited The Essential Keats, and co-edited and translated two books: Off the Map: Selected Poems of Gloria Fuertes and Tarumba: The Selected Poems of Jaime Sabines. He was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000.
The next event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Fall Series takes place on December 7 when distinguished author and NYU professor Paule Marshall celebrates the 10th anniversary of her New Generation Series with readings by three emerging African writers.
The NYU Creative Writing Program, with permanent faculty members E.L. Doctorow, Paule Marshall, Breyten Breytenbach, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sharon Olds, has distinguished itself for over three decades as a leading national center for the study of literature and writing. The Reading Series, sponsored in cooperation with the NYU Book Centers, is a vital component of the Writing Program, bringing both established and new writers to NYU.