October 29, 2013 | Queens College
– Event to Include Poetry Reading, Book Signing and Q&A –
FLUSHING, NY, October 29, 2013 —The Poetry Society of America and Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation are co-sponsoring a poetry reading and a conversation with celebrated poet Carl Phillips. The November 4 literary event, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. The event will be held in Campbell Dome on the Queens College campus.
The Poetry Society of America Programs Director, Charif Shanahan, will interview Phillips on stage about his life and work, and the poet will take questions from the audience. Immediately afterwards, Phillips will be signing his most recent books, Silverchest (2013) and Double Shadow (2012).
The author of 10 books of poetry—two of them finalists for the National Book Award—Phillips is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress; his many honors include an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. Phillips is currently a Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.
According to the Judges’ Citation for the 1998 National Book Awards, “Carl Phillips’s passionate and lyrical poems read like prayers, with a prayer’s hesitations, its desire to be utterly accurate, its occasional flowing outbursts.”
“This is our biggest reading of the year,” said Professor Nicole Cooley, director of the MFA program at Queens College. “And what’s so great about this series is that the poets are not only reading their work, but they are also engaging with the audience and talking about their work and their lives as writers. For listeners, it ends up being a much more intimate experience than just going to a reading.”
The New Salon, held once a semester on the Queens College campus, is based on the Parisian salons of the 18th and 19th centuries and provides a more interactive, personal experience for attendees. Past New Salons have featured Pulitzer Prize winners, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine and National Book Award recipient Mark Doty.
Next semester, the New Salon will feature a conversation between two poets: Terrance Hayes, the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry, and his teacher, Lynn Emanuel. They will discuss the student-teacher relationship.
“The New Salon series is an exciting way to bring world-class poets to university campuses and to provide not only a poetry reading, but also a Q & A session, giving students an opportunity to learn the realities of life as a poet,” said Charif Shanahan, Programs Director for the Poetry Society of America.
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The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation directed by poet Nicole Cooley was introduced in fall 2007. It is one of only two in the country to include literary translation as a parallel track—a reflection of the international atmosphere of the campus and its home borough. Faculty members are all award-winning writers dedicated to teaching. Students also benefit from access to the wider arts community that is New York City. For more information, visit www.qc.cuny.edu/Creative_Writing
The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. With prestigious annual awards, including Chapbook Fellowships, the Shelley Memorial Award and the Frost Medal, the PSA’s signature programs include, among others, Poetry in Motion, which places poetry in the transit systems of seven cities nationwide; Poem In Your Pocket Day, in collaboration with New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, a city-wide initiative that encourages individuals to carry a poem with them throughout the day, attend a poetry reading, or read a poem aloud; and nationally presented The New Salon: Readings and Conversations with such poets as Lucie Brock-Broido, D.A. Powell, and Frank Bidart. Visit www.poetrysociety.org to learn more and view announcements of upcoming events.
Founded in 1937, Queens College remains committed to providing a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students of all backgrounds. From graduate and undergraduate degrees and honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, Queens College, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty, offers its over 20,000 students countless ways to realize their potential. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College is also cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.
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