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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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).