Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery: Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan (2014)
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series presented Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery: Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan at the Folger Theatre on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:30pm. This special 125th anniversary of Poet Lore, the nation's oldest poetry magazine, is celebrated with four of the many acclaimed poets whose work has been featured in its pages: Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, and Linda Pastan.
Tracy Brimhall is the author of the poetry collections Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (2020), Saudade (2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (2010), winner of a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Brimhall collaborated with Brynn Saito on the chapbook Bright Power, Dark Peace (2013), and her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2014 (edited by Terrance Hayes).
Cornelius Eady has published more than half a dozen volumes of poetry, among them Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name (1991), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and Brutal Imagination (2001), a National Book Award finalist. Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2008. In 1996 Eady and poet Toi Derricote founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization that supports emerging African American poets through a summer retreat, regional workshops, a first-book prize, annual anthologies, and events and readings across the country.
Eady has read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series three times before on October 24, 2003, May 4, 1999, and November 15, 1994
Terrance Hayes' poetry collections include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018), finalist for the National Book Award; How to Be Drawn (2015), finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; Lighthead (2010), winner of the National Book Award and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award; Wind in a Box (2006), finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award; Hip Logic (2002), chosen for the National Poetry Series and finalist for an LA Times Book Award and an Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of a Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Hayes has read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series twice before on September 29, 2008 and February 12, 2007
Linda Pastan was raised in New York City but has lived for most of her life in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. She is the author of over 15 books of poetry and essays. Her PM/AM: New and Selected Poems (1982) and Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968–1998 (1998) were finalists for the National Book Award; The Imperfect Paradise (1988) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her recent collections include The Last Uncle (2001), Queen of a Rainy Country (2006), Traveling Light (2011), Insomnia (2015), and A Dog Runs Through It (2018). She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Pastan read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series once before in 2009.