Spring Reading Series Opens with Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate

Essayist, poet, novelist, critic, editor and journalist Phillip Lopate will open the Spring ’05 reading series sponsored by the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence He will read from his work on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Esther Raushenbush Library.

Lopateis widely published in anthologies, periodicals and best-of series. His most recent work includes an urban meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan, and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker. Lopate teaches English at Hofstra University and in the MFA programs at Columbia, The New School and Bennington. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants.

The Reading Series events are hosted on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Esther Raushenbush Library. Others in the series include:

SLC Alumnae/i Poetry on February 16

Curtis BauerMFA ’99 has published poetry in numerous journals, including The North American Review. His first book, Fence Line, won the 2004 John Ciardi Prize in Poetry. Elena Karina Byrne ’82, the 2004-2005 poetry co-editor of The Los Angeles Literary Review, is a poet, essayist, visual artist, poetry moderator and consultant for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Her collections include The Flammable Bird and Masque. Jay Ladin ’82, author of the collection Alternatives to History, is an Emily Dickinson scholar and professor of English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. The first book of poems by Lee PetersonMFA ’00, Rooms and Fields: Dramatic Monologues from the War in Bosnia, won the 2003 Tom and Stan Wick Poetry Prize, judged by former Sarah Lawrence faculty member Jean Valentine.

Richard Powers on March 2

Richard Powers, dubbed one of five “Writers of the Decade” by Esquire in 1999, writes novels that often feature juxtaposed but interrelated narratives and, owing to his early career as a computer technician, prominent roles for artificial intelligence. His books include Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, The Gold Bug Variations, Gain and Galatea 2.2. Powers was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and a MacArthur Fellow in 1989, and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award.

Jean Valentine on April 6

This reading will be held in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre.

Poet Jean Valentine won the 2004 National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2000. Her other books include The River at Wolf and Growing Darkness, Growing Light. Poet-in-Residence at the College, Valentine has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and Awards from The New York Council of the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She was a member of the Sarah Lawrence faculty from 1974-2000.

Linda Gregg on April 20

Linda Gregg is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Things and Flesh, Chosen by the Lion, Alma and Too Bright to See. Her work has been published in such literary journals and anthologies as Women Poets of the World, Best American Poetry and One Hundred Great Poems by Women, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award and several Pushcart Prizes.

Francisco Goldman on May 4

Francisco Goldman’s latest novel is The Divine Husband (2004); his previous two, The Long Night of White Chickens and The Ordinary Seaman, received numerous awards and award nominations, and have been translated into nine languages. Goldman’s fiction and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The New York Review of Books and Outside, among other publications.

Also included in the Series is the 6th Annual Campbell Corner Poetry Prize Winners’ reading on April 12 at Poets House in NYC and the 2nd Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival April 22-24.

The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.