We’re thrilled to be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout for this very special evening of poetry and discussion. Rae will read from two new collections: Partly (Wesleyan 2016) and Entanglements (Wesleyan 2017), as well as participate in a discussion around her new EP Conflation (2017) released on vinyl by Fonograf Records. Our moderator for the evening will be Jeanne Heuving.
Rae Armantrout has published 13 books of poetry. Entanglements, a chapbook of poems inspired by physics, came out recently from Wesleyan University Press. Conflation, a recording of her poems, was released this year on vinyl by Fonograf Records. Her most recent full length collection, Partly: New and Selected Poems, was published by Wesleyan in 2016. Her poems have recently been collected in French and Spanish editions: Extremities (France, 2016), Necromancia (Spain, 2015 and Argentina, 2016), and Rae Armantrout: Poemas (Spain, 2014). In 2015 she was awarded the Levinson Prize for best poems in Poetry Magazine. Her book Versed (2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010. She was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and A Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in 2007. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals—from The Nation and The New Yorker to Lana Turner and Golden Handcuffs. Of Armantrout, Publishers Weekly writes: “No poet gets caustic or self-critical as well as Armantrout, whose quick stanzas — half twitter, half Dickinson — say a lot about how language, money, love, and memory can fail us, and in very little space.” Recently retired from UC San Diego, Armantrout has relocated to the Seattle area.
Jeanne Heuving ‘s The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is just out from the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series at the University of Alabama Press. Her cross genre book Incapacity (Chiasmus Press) won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic. Other books include Transducer (Chax 2008), and Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State U Press 1992).She recently published her long poem, “Miss Lonelyhearts,” in Hambone 20. Heuving directs the MFA program in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at the University of Washington Seattle. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale.