PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Sometimes while driving or having dinner, author Franz Wright’s wife will glance over at him and say something like, “Writing again?” Language phrases, images and lines come to Wright at random times in random fashion.
A Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Voelker Award winner, Wright will be the inaugural reader in 2009-2010 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University.
Wright will read at 7 p.m. Thurs., October 22 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. A reception and book signing follow the reading.
Boston Review has called Wright’s poetry “among the most honest, haunting and human being written today.”
“… poetry represented for me a way out of a very dark and hostile world into a radiant and serene one, so even when the poems seemed to be very dark, I did not experience them that way: I experienced them as blessed moments of escape and relief from my self,” Wright said in a 2006 interview by Ernest Hilbert for “Contemporary Poetry Review.”
Speaking to Hilbert of his writing process Wright said, “Words are often generated by walking, for me. I won’t even attempt to write anything down unless I feel a genuine upwelling from (for the more secular minded) the subconscious or an infusion of necessity or energy from above. … It usually starts with a fragment that occurs—mentally—and which I carry around in my mind for a while to see if anything else is going to come before setting it down in one of the little pocket notebooks I always carry. …”
Wright, who is writer-in-residence at Brandeis, has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting Foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. His newest book, Wheeling Motel, came out this fall.
The next reader in the series will be Kevin Young, November 4 at 7 p.m.
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named for former New Hampshire and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot. Hall is cofounder of the series, which is presented by the Silver Center and supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS, and readings often sell out.
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