Louise Gluck to Give Poetry Reading

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 14, 2012—Louise Glück will give a poetry reading at Williams College on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Paresky Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.  Glück was appointed the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2003–2004, succeeding Billy Collins.

Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Glück is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (for Triumph of Achilles), the Academy of American Poet’s Prize (for Firstborn), as well as numerous Guggenheim fellowships. She lives in Cambridge, Mass., and was previously a senior lecturer in English at Williams College. Glück currently teaches at Yale University and in the creative writing program at Boston University. She has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa and taught at Goddard College in Vermont.

Glück is the author of 12 books of poetry, including: A Village Life (2009); Averno (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; The Seven Ages (2001); Vita Nova (1999), which was awarded the New Yorker’s Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), which received the Library of Congress’ Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Kane Award. Her early poetry is collected in First Four Books of Poems.

Louise Glück has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Sarabande Books published in chapbook form a new, six-part poem, “October,” in 2004. In 2001 Yale University awarded Glück its Bollingen Prize in Poetry, given biennially for a poet’s lifetime achievement in his or her art. Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Anniversary Medal (2000), and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1999 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003 she was named as judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and served in that position through 2010.

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