Poet Linda Gregerson to give free reading at Emory

Published 03-10-2012

Thurs. March 22 @ 6 pm/Jones Room: Award-winning poet Linda Gregerson will give a reading at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the Emory University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Gregerson is the author of four poetry collections: “Magnetic North” (finalist for the National Book Award), “Waterborne” (winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award), “The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep” (finalist for both the Poet's Prize and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize), and “Fire in the Conservatory.”

“For years Gregerson has been one of poetry’s mavens of the metaphysical,” a reviewer of “Magnetic North” wrote in the Chicago Tribune. “[Her] substantial, mindful poems aren’t interested only in what thought feels like . . . but in what thought can do.”

Gregerson has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Modern Poetry Association, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Her poetry is lyrical and philosophical and historical, ranging across different ideas and different musics. She has a lot of different registers in one poem,” says Kevin Young, curator of literary collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

“She’s also able to write about difficult things in both a personal and a public way, things like the world and its troubles in ways that represent them but also offer remedies,” he added.

Gregerson's poems have appeared in “The Best American Poetry” series as well as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review, among other publications. She is a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature.

The reading will take place in the Jones Room on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. A selection of books and a limited-edition broadside will be available for purchase and signing at the reading. Light refreshments will be served following the reading. The event is part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, sponsored by MARBL, the Hightower Fund, and Emory’s Creative Writing Program.

For more information, call 404.727.6887 or e-mail marbl@emory.edu. Parking is available in the Fishburne deck.

Related event:

Creativity Conversation with Linda Gregerson, Susan Botti and Robert Spano
4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012. Free and open to the public.
Carlos Museum Reception Hall, 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta 30322

Poet Linda Gregerson, composer and singer Susan Botti, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s music director Robert Spano discuss the lyric in music. Botti’s original chamber work “Gates of Silence” is based on the lyrical poetry of Virgil’s “Aenid” and Gregerson’s Pushcart Prize-winning “Dido Refuses to Speak.” The conversation is moderated by Richard Prior, director of orchestral studies, Emory University Department of Music. Information: