Join us to celebrate the life and work of influential and beloved poet and professor Lucie Brock-Broido, whose poems “glistened with embellished, inventive language about her life, beauty, art and real-world people” (New York Times), on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m., at Columbia University's Miller Theatre in New York City.
This tribute event features reflections and readings by Mary Jo Bang, Sophie Cabot Black, Henri Cole, Timothy Donnelly, Emily Fragos, Harmony Holiday, Marie Howe, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Dorothea Lasky, Robert Polito, Srikanth Reddy, U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young.
Lucie Brock-Broido served as the Director of Poetry in the Writing Program of Columbia University's School of the Arts from 1993 until her death on March 6, 2018. Born in Pittsburgh, she earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, and published her first groundbreaking book, A Hunger, with Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1988. Brock-Broido went on to receive fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as awards from the American Poetry Review and the Academy of American Arts and Letters, to name a few. Widely acclaimed in the United States and abroad as one of the most distinctive and influential poets of her generation, Brock-Broido published three further collections with Knopf, namely The Master Letters (1995), Trouble in Mind (2004) and Stay, Illusion (2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award. As well as for her lasting achievements as a poet, Brock-Broido will be remembered as an exceptionally passionate and brilliant teacher, having received the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award in 1989 and 1990, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching in 1991, and Columbia University's Presidential Teaching Award in 2013.
Co-presented by Columbia University School of the Arts, Alfred A. Knopf, the Poetry Society of America, the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and Poets House.
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
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