November 4, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
@ Bartels (Alumni Lounge)
Poetry Reading Featuring Martha Collins and Sam Truitt
This event is free and open to all students, faculty, employees and general public
Martha Collins is the author of Blue Front, a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Blue Front won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Collins' chapbook Sheer (Barnwood, 2008) is her most recent publication. She has also published four collections of poems, two books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and an earlier chapbook of poems. Her other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and a Lannan residency grant. A selection of poems from Blue Front won the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize in 2005; other selections from the book appeared in Kenyon Review and Ploughshares. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. In spring 2010, she served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University.
Sam Truitt was born in Washington, DC, and raised there and in Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of the forthcoming Vertical Elegies 6: Street Mete (Station Hill, 2011) and the previously published Vertical Elegies: Three Works (UDP, 2008), Vertical Elegies 5: The Section (Georgia, 2003) and Anamorphosis Eisenhower (Lost Roads, 1998), among other books. An excerpt of Raton Rex (from Three Works) was selected by Robert Creeley for 2002 Best American Poetry (Scribner), and his work has also been anthologized in A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years (Fence Books, 2009) American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon, 2000). His writing is in a semi-permanent installation at the Paramount Hotel's Whiskey Bar, designed by Philippe Starck, off Times Square in New York City. He is the recipient of a 2010-2011 George A. and Eliza Howard Fellowship, the 2002 Contemporary Poetry Series Award from the University of Georgia and residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and Vermont Studio Center, among other professional acknowledgments. Sam Truitt holds a BA from Kenyon College, MFA from Brown University, and a PhD from SUNY-Albany, where he teaches, as well as at Bard College. He lives with Kim Jaye and their daughters, Indiana and Evangeline, in the Mid-Hudson Valley.