Literary Generations: Poets on Poetry Nov. 5

October 25th, 2006 by Adam

Contact: Betsy Cheney (603) 535-2276

U.S. Poet Laureate and New Hampshire favorite Donald Hall will introduce Liam Rector at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Silver Center for the Arts, as the second reader in the 2006-07 Plymouth State University Eagle Pond Authors’ Series.

Rector and Hall will also discuss “poetry and generation” in an on-stage interview by Tree Swenson, executive director of the Academy of American Poets. They will talk about the poetry of two very different generations – Rector as the “baby boomer” poet and Hall as an elder statesman of American poets.

Liam RectorLiam Rector is the founder and director of the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and has administered literary programs at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at Columbia University, The New School, Emerson College, George Mason University and elsewhere.

His books of poems are The Executive Director of the Fallen World (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2006), American Prodigal (1994) and The Sorrow of Architecture (1984). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Boston Review, Slate, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

His reviews and essays have appeared in magazines and books that include APR, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, Hudson Review, The Oxford Companion to Literature, and Contemporary Poets. He edited The Day I was Older: On the Poetry of Donald Hall.

Among his honors are fellowships in poetry from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he received the Friend to Writers Award from PEN New England.

Donald HallOne of the most significant poets of his generation, Hall is the author of 16 poetry collections, numerous books of essays, children’s books, short stories and a memoir.

Publishers Weekly said, “[Hall is] a much-honored exponent of the clear, plain style. …Hall shows consistent topics and moods: adult life among New Hampshire’s farms and mountains, childhood in the Connecticut suburbs, equanimity and nostalgia, satire and self-satire, middle age and old age, regret and reserve.”

<a href=""The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named for Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot which has inspired much of his work. This series brings to campus some of the most widely read and revered authors of our time. Readings, which are supported by a generous grant from Barnes & Noble PSU Bookstore, are followed by a reception and book signing.

There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Contact the Silver Center box office at (603) 535-ARTS. Box office hours are noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances.

The next reader in this year’s series will be Maxine Kumin, Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

For series information contact Diane Jeffrey, director of the Silver Center, at (603) 535-2874 or by e-mail to