The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series

Since fall 2005, The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library's curator Kevin Young has directed a reading series that has already boasted some of the best poets from America and abroad, from Sonia Sanchez and Simon Armitage to National Book Award-winner Lucille Clifton, Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander, and Pulitzer Prize–winners Galway Kinnell, Rita Dove, and Emory’s own Natasha Trethewey. Most every reading has been accompanied by a limited edition broadside; the collection retains number 1 of the edition in its holdings.

All broadsides are available for purchase while quantities last. The printings range from 100 to 250 copies, and are letterpress-printed by high-quality fine press printers, including Sutton Hoo and Littoral Press. Signed broadsides, including shipping, are $50 and unsigned broadsides are $25, including shipping. Please contact us for information about which broadsides are currently available.

To listen to the readings, please visit the Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series on Emory's iTunesU.

Sharon Olds (2014)

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City.

Paul Muldoon (2014)

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen's University of Belfast. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College.

The author of over thirty books of poetry, Muldoon's most acclaimed collections include New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.

W.S. Merwin (2013)

Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin has a career that has spanned six decades. A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America. Merwin is the author of over fifty books of poetry, translation, and prose. His most recent collections include Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001 (2005), which won the National Book Award, and The Shadow of Sirius (2008), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (his second Pulitzer). His other accolades include the Bollingen Prize, the Tanning Prize, the Lilly Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

Seamus Heaney (2013)

Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in County Derry, and later lived for many years in Dublin. He was the author of over twenty volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past." Heaney taught at Harvard University (1985-2006) and served as the Oxford Professor of Poetry (1989-1994). He died in 2013.

In 2003, MARBL acquired a significant portion of Heaney’s papers, composed of manuscripts, photos, recordings of readings and lectures, and personal and literary correspondence that includes insightful exchanges with many poets whose papers are also housed at MARBL. The collection is the subject of a major exhibition at Emory running until November, 2014, curated by Geraldine Higgins, associate professor of English and director of the Irish Studies program at Emory.

Natasha Trethewey (2012)

Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Don Paterson (2012)

Don Paterson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Rain (Faber, 2009; FSG, 2010). He has published two books of aphorism and a compendium, Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008). He has also edited a number of anthologies.

His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

Linda Gregerson (2012)

A 2007 National Book Award finalist and recent Guggenheim Fellow, Linda Gergerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature.


She is the author of five books of poetry—most recently The Selvage (2012)—two books of criticism, and the co-editor of one collection of scholarly essays. Among her honors and awards are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, four Pushcart Prizes, grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Mellon, and Bogliasco Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Humanities Center.

Billy Collins (2012)

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. The author of eight collections, most recently Horoscopes for the Dead (2011), he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and was the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry.

D.A. Powell (2011)

Born in Albany, Georgia, D.A. Powell is the author of four poetry collections: Tea (1998); Lunch (2000); Cocktails (2004); and Chronic (2009), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Prize. Twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, he has received a Pushcart Prize and the California Book Award. His new collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys will be published in February 2012.

Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady (2011)

Toi Derricotte has published four books of poems, most recently the award-winning collection, Tender. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, won the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Cornelius Eady, a distinguished poet and playwright whose work is often evocative of blues and jazz, has been honored with fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather.

Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman (2011)

Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem, winner of the 2009 Oregon Book Award for Poetry and the APR/Honnickman First Book Prize. His poems plum the ecstatic nature of life, where pop culture and sacred longing to hand in hand.

Michael Dickman, author of The End of the West, writes poems that document the bright desires and all-too-common sufferings of modern times. His many honors include a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and the James Laughlin Award for his collection Flies (2011).

Mary Oliver (2011)

One of the country's most beloved poets, Mary Oliver is known for her lyrical connection to nature and for evocative and precise imagery. She has received countless distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize (for American Primitive), the National Book Award for Poetry (for New and Selected Poems), the Lannan Foundation Literary award, and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award. Her latest book is Swan: Poems and Prose Poems (2010). 

Eamon Grennan (2010)

Grennan's books include Matter of Fact (2008); The Quick of It (2005); Still Life with Waterfall (2001), the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Award for Poetry from the American Academy of Poets; and Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998). His Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming later this year. Grennan's Leopardi: Selected Poems (1997) earned the 1997 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. He as also the author of a collection of essays entitled Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century(1999). Grennan is a native of Dublin and divides his time between the U.S. and the west of Ireland.

Robert Pinsky (2010)

Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Gulf Music (2007) and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996, which received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. Pinsky's most recent book is Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud (2009). Pinsky's best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. Pinsky is one of the few members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on television's The Simpsons.

C.K. Williams (2009)

C.K. Williams is known for his daring formal style, which combines everyday observations with long, Whitmanesque lines. He has authored ten books of poetry, including Collected Poems (2006); The Singing (2003), winner of the National Book Award; Repair (2003), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Flesh and Blood (1987), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Williams has also published translations of Sophocles, Euripides, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. His honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Twentieth Annual Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, an honor given to an American poet in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment.

Li-Young Lee (2009)

Award-winning poet Li-Young Lee is the author of five critically acclaimed books, most recently Behind My Eyes (2008). His earlier poetry collections are Book of My Nights (2001); Rose (1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in which I Love You (1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and the memoir The Winged Seed (1995) which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Lee's other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as a Whiting Award.

Campbell McGrath (2009)

Campbell McGrath is a prize-winning and popular poet whose work explores the cultural and natural landscapes of the United States. McGrath's awards include the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a 1999 MacArthur "Genius Grant." McGrath's latest poetry collection is Seven Notebooks (2008); his previous collections include Florida Poems (2002), Spring Comes to Chicago (1996), American Noise (1993) and Capitalism (1990). McGrath currently teaches at Florida International University in Miami where he is Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.

Elizabeth Alexander (2009)

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher. She is the author of four books of poems, including The Venus Hottentot, and American Sublime, which was one of three finalists for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. She is also a scholar of African American literature and culture and recently published a collection of essays, The Black Interior. She has received many grants and honors, most recently the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship and the 2007 Jackson Prize for Poetry, awarded by Poets & Writers. She is a professor at Yale University, and was recently named the Inaugural Poet, only the fourth poet asked to read at a presidential inauguration.

Sonia Sanchez (2007)

Sanchez has won the American Book Award and the Robert Frost Medal, and held a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Influenced by jazz, the blues and the oral tradition, Sanchez’s poetry readings and performances have inspired generations of poets and audiences alike. A founder of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of more than 16 books. Does Your House Have Lions? was nominated for both the NAACP Image and National Book Critics Circle Award.

Galway Kinell (2007)

American poet Galway Kinnell's writing career spans more than five decades. In 1983 he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Selected Poems (1982). His other volumes of poetry include: The New Selected Poems (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award; Imperfect Thirst (1996); When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990); Mortal Acts, Mortal Words (1980); and Body Rags (1968). In 2002 he was awarded the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America.

Rita Dove (2007)

As a college student, Rita Dove held a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany. She has published numerous poetry collections, and her play The Darker Face of the Earth had its world premiere in 1996 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Royal National Theatre in London. Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995 and as Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. She has received many literary honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library contains rare and first editions of her published work.

Natasha Trethewey (2006)

Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi; her first poetry collection, Domestic Work won the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize, selected by Rita Dove, and the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Poetry. Her most recent collection, Native Guard, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She is currently the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry in Emory’s Department of English. The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library contains first editions of Trethewey’s works.

Lucille Clifton (2006)

At 16, Lucille Clifton entered college early, matriculating as a drama major at Howard University. In 1969, poet Robert Hayden entered her poems into competition for the YW-YMHA Poetry Center Discovery Award; she won the award and with it the publication of her first volume of poems, Good Times. Clifton served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1982, and in 2000 she won the National Book Award for her selected poems, Blessing the Boats. Her papers were acquired by Emory in 2006. In addition, MARBL obtained Lucille Clifton’s personal library, now part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

Simon Armitage (2005)

Born in West Yorkshire, England, Simon Armitage has a degree in social work and worked as a probation officer in Manchester, England in the 1980s. Armitage is known for his distinctly northern British vernacular and dry wit; in Contemporary Poets, Brian Macaskill notes that Armitage's poetry brings to mind "Philip Larkin's late-career use of vernacular, slang locutions, and telling obscenities, Armitage often turns the commonplace or, especially, the vulgar phrase to epigrammatic effect." In 1999, the New Millennium Experience Company commissioned Armitage to write Killing Time in celebration of the new millennium.

Kevin Young (2005)

Kevin Young is the author of six collections of poetry and the editor of four others. His first book, Most Way Home, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton and won the Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. His third book, Jelly Roll, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Paterson Poetry Prize; his most recent book, Dear Darkness, was featured in the New Yorker and National Public Radio as one of the “Best Books of 2008.” He is currently Atticus Haygood Profesor of Creative Writing and English and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.