John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents
Thursday, November 16, 2017
A Reading by Alice Notley and Anselm Berrigan
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory BuildingA poet and editor, Notley is the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose, including The Descent of Alette, Disobedience, and Certain Magical Acts. Her accolades are many; she is the winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, The Academy of American Poetry’s Lenore Marshall Award, and the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Her honors and awards also include an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Anselm Berrigan is the author of seven books of poetry, including Come In Alone and Notes from Irrelevance. Among his accolades are a New York State Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship in 2007, multiple grants from the Fund for Poetry, and a 2015 Process Space Residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is Co-Chair of Writing at the Bard MFA program, and teaches part-time at Brooklyn College.
This reading is the first in a series that will honor the memory of John Ashbery. Introduced by Ann Lauterbach, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
“Reading Alice Notley is altogether unlike reading: the pure force of language, instant invention, rapid transformation, and coinage of new archetypes all add up to a more visceral, centrifugal, hallucinatory experience, which is all-absorbing as it is enlightening. “
– The Chicago Tribune
"Berrigan is always in control–of the line, of the sentence, of the digressions–all in attempt to show that poetry is not a space for tidy representation, but a sprawling performance of thought and experience, a body of vocabularies."
– Coldfront Magazine
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building