April Bernard is guest of the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series March 13 at PSU

February 27th, 2014 by Lynn

    April Bernard

    PLYMOUTH — April Bernard is a teacher, a novelist, an essayist and most famously, a poet. She grew up in New England, and was educated at Harvard, following which she moved to New York City to work in publishing. Her most recent collection of poetry is “Romanticism,” published in 2009.

    The Eagle Pond Authors Series at Plymouth State University will host Bernard in a free reading at 7 p.m. March 16 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Poet John Ashbery said “April Bernard’s voice is a voice of one crying in the wilderness, but the wilderness is our populated, all too familiar one, and her psalms are striped with modern despair, loving and knowing.”

    Bernard has taught widely and was for many years a magazine and book editor in New York City. As Director of Creative Writing, she is a member of the English Department faculty at Skidmore College, and is also on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. The Whitman Award judge said, “The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen.”

    “I tend to allow my poems to generate their own form,” Bernard told Reb Livingston of Post Road.

    “Once it’s on the page, I start to see a shape to it and I say organically this wants to be a poem in triplets or this wants to be a poem with really long lines. As I’m revising it I allow it to be the thing it seems to want to be. But it pretty much has to be generated from within. I would say that it’s not very conscious, it’s really much more an intuitive thing. Although I do actually write formal poems as exercises when I am stuck,” she said.

    She told Livingston, “ … a poem is capturing a moment of absolute intense emotion. …It becomes a means of conveyance to hand the poem to somebody else because you can’t just hurl the emotion at them. You have to give it to them in a form that is stable and that won’t explode. It’s like putting dynamite in a nice box and then you hand the box, which is the poem, to the other person and the other person has to unpack it. If you’re lucky, they will enjoy the unwrapping. Part of the purposeful difficulty of the poem is to prolong the unwrapping process and to prolong the expectation.”

    Bernard has published three other poetry collections: Blackbird Bye Bye, Psalms, and Swan Electric. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation and Slate.

    Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

    Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

    Hall will be on hand to introduce Bernard and both will stay after the reading for an author’s reception and book signing. Information about the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is online at silver.plymouth.edu.

    General information about programs and events at Plymouth State University is online at

    ThisWeek@PSU, http://www.thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

    Poet and critic Alicia Ostriker hosted by Eagle Pond Authors Series at PSU

    October 24th, 2013 by Lynn

      Alicia Ostriker

      PLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Authors Series at Plymouth State University will present a free reading by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

      Ostriker is a poet, critic and activist known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature, and for investigating themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity and personal growth.

      Ostriker told Contemporary Authors: “People who do not know my work ask me what I write about. I answer: love, sex, death, violence, family, politics, religion, friendship, painters and painting, the body in sickness and health, joy and pain. I try not to write the same poem over and over. I try to stretch my own envelope, to write what I am afraid to write.”

      Twice a National Book Award finalist, Ostriker has published 14 volumes of poetry including “The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011,” “No Heaven,” “The Volcano Sequence” and “The Imaginary Lover.” Her critical work includes the now-classic “Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America,” and “The Mother/Child Papers,” which was reprinted recently by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

      Joyce Carol Oates noted, “Alicia Ostriker has become one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries whose iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to our understanding of our America selves.”

      Ostriker says, “When I write a poem, I am crawling into the dark. Or else I am an aperture. Something needs to be put into language, and it chooses me. I invite such things.”

      Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

      Hall will be on hand to introduce Ostriker, and both will stay after the reading for an author’s reception and book signing.

      Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Author’s Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535 2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

      General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

      Poet Sophie Cabot Black launches 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series

      September 12th, 2013 by Lynn

        Sophie Cabot Black

        PLYMOUTH — Connecticut poet Sophie Cabot Black will open the 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts.

        Black writes lyrical poems that place her among our most spiritually meaningful poets. Her poems are both revelatory and elusive, exploring a landscape sharpened with grief and devotion. A Los Angeles Times book reviewer said, “Sophie Cabot Black … is absolutely direct and absolutely removed—a strange confluence of tones that is both intellectually provocative and deeply moving.”

        Collections of Black’s poetry include “The Misunderstanding of Nature,” which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, “The Descent,” which won the Connecticut Book Award, and her newest collection, “The Exchange.”

        The Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut) columnist Chris Burns says the poetry in “The Exchange” draws heavily on Black’s experience watching a friend fight a terrible and eventually fatal illness.

        “Though not explicitly narrative, the book follows a certain story,” according to Burns’ interview.

        Black’s father was a noted Broadway producer and her mother produced opera theater in Boston and New York. Black spent 10 years living in Manhattan, but she spent the majority of her time at the family farmhouse in Wilton. Burns says Black’s experiences caring for animals and raising children on the farm helped shape her understanding of the cycles of life and death.

        In an interview in The New Yorker, Black said that for her, the act of writing comes out of query. “Each image turns to the next with its question and gets answered. … Poetry is my way to understand what is difficult. How one thing can be explained through another—is to get closer, to unhide what feels hidden.”

        Black has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Her essays have been included in Wanting a Child.

        In Eagle Pond Series tradition, PSU senior business major Patrick O’Sullivan of Hudson, New Hampshire will open the program reading some of his own works.

        Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

        An author’s reception and book signing with both Black and Hall will follow the reading.

        Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

        General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

        Poet Sophie Cabot Black launches 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series

        December 12th, 2012 by Lynn

          Sophie Cabot Black

          PLYMOUTH — Connecticut poet Sophie Cabot Black will open the 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts.

          Black writes lyrical poems that place her among our most spiritually meaningful poets. Her poems are both revelatory and elusive, exploring a landscape sharpened with grief and devotion. A Los Angeles

          Times book reviewer said, “Sophie Cabot Black … is absolutely direct and absolutely removed—a strange confluence of tones that is both intellectually provocative and deeply moving.”

          Collections of Black’s poetry include “The Misunderstanding of Nature,” which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, “The Descent,” which won the Connecticut Book Award, and her newest collection, “The Exchange.”

          The Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut) columnist Chris Burns says the poetry in “The Exchange” draws heavily on Black’s experience watching a friend fight a terrible and eventually fatal illness.

          “Though not explicitly narrative, the book follows a certain story,” according to Burns’ interview.

          Black’s father was a noted Broadway producer and her mother produced opera theater in Boston and New York. Black spent 10 years living in Manhattan, but she spent the majority of her time at the family farmhouse in Wilton. Burns says Black’s experiences caring for animals and raising children on the farm helped shape her understanding of the cycles of life and death.

          In an interview in The New Yorker, Black said that for her, the act of writing comes out of query. “Each image turns to the next with its question and gets answered. … Poetry is my way to understand what is difficult. How one thing can be explained through another—is to get closer, to unhide what feels hidden.”

          Black has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Her essays have been included in Wanting a Child.

          In Eagle Pond Series tradition, PSU senior business major Patrick O’Sullivan of Hudson, New Hampshire will open the program reading some of his own works.

          Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation’s most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

          An author’s reception and book signing with both Black and Hall will follow the reading.

          Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

          General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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