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This article lists the poets who read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. Follow linked names for poet biographies, recordings of readings, and further information.

2010s

2000s

  • Lucie Brock-Broido, 12/14/2009
  • Afaa Michael Weaver, 11/3/2009
  • Juliana Spahr, 10/9/2009
  • Arthur Sze, 11/3/2009
  • Eamon Grennan, 5/18/2009
  • Rita Dove, 5/4/2009
  • A.B. Spellman, 4/6/2009
  • Michael Harper, 4/6/2009
  • Natasha Trethewey, 3/16/2009
  • Claudia Emerson, 3/16/2009
  • Marie Howe, 2/17/2009
  • Bob Hicok, 2/17/2009
  • Linda Pastan, 1/12/2009
  • Tracy K. Smith, 1/12/2009
  • Elizabeth Spires, 12/8/2008
  • Rae Armantrout, 11/10/2008
  • Frank Bidart, 11/10/2008
  • Terrance Hayes, 9/29/2008
  • Edwin Torres, 9/29/2008
  • Nick Flynn, 9/29/2008
  • Eileen Myles, 9/29/2008
  • Mary Kinzie, 9/28/2008
  • Lucille Clifton, 5/13/2008
  • Mark Doty, 4/24/2008
  • Tyehimba Jess, 4/7/2008
  • Quincy Troupe, 4/7/2008
  • Galway Kinnell, 3/24/2008
  • Ross Gay, 2/11/2008
  • Gerald Stern, 2/11/2008
  • Kay Ryan, 1/22/2008
  • Richard Howard, 12/10/2007
  • John Ashbery, 11/5/2007
  • David Rivard,10/27/2007
  • David Wojahn, 10/26/2007
  • Eavan Boland, 5/21/2007
  • Molly Peacock, 4/2/2007
  • Henri Cole, 4/2/2007
  • Phillis Levin, 4/2/2007
  • Derek Walcott, 3/12/2007
  • Terrance Hayes, 2/12/2007
  • Frank X. Walker, 2/12/2007
  • Srikanth Reddy, 1/29/2007
  • Tina Chang, 1/29/2007
  • Victoria Chang, 1/29/2007
  • Carolyn Forché, 12/11/2006
  • Tess Gallagher 1,1/20/2006
  • Charles Simic, 5/1/2006
  • Ted Kooser, 4/25/2006
  • Virgil Suarez, 3/13/2006
  • Adrian Castro, 3/13/2006
  • Sonia Sanchez, 2/13/2006
  • Eve Grubin, 1/24/2006
  • Kazim Ali, 1/24/2006
  • Katie Ford, 1/24/2006
  • Jorie Graham, 1/24/2006
  • Rosmarie Waldrop, 12/17/2005
  • Mark Halliday, 11/7/2005
  • Campbell McGrath, 11/7/2005
  • Sharon Olds, 10/25/2005
  • Elizabeth Alexander, 10/25/2005
  • Tony Hoagland, 9/23/2005
  • Anne Waldman, 5/16/2005
  • Philip Levine, 5/2/2005
  • Taha Muhammad Ali, 3/1/2005
  • Edward Hirsch, 3/1/2005
  • C. K. Williams, 2/14/2005
  • Peter Gizzi, 1/25/2005
  • Eileen Myles, 1/25/2005
  • Harryette Mullen, 12/6/2004
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca, 11/22/2004
  • Diane Middlebrook, 11/3/2004
  • Reginald Gibbons, 10/22/2004
  • Thomas Sayers Ellis, 9/21/2004
  • Vijay Seshadri, 9/21/2004
  • Fanny Howe, 9/21/2004
  • Percival Everett, 9/21/2004
  • Stanley Plumly, 5/3/2004
  • Brad Gooch, 4/16/2004
  • Diane Ackerman, 4/1/2004
  • Eamon Grennan, 3/1/2004
  • Vona Groarke, 3/1/2004
  • David McCann, 2/2/2004
  • Ko Un, 2/2/2004
  • Katia Kapovich, 1/13/2004
  • Rachel Blau Duplessis, 1/13/2004
  • Linda Gregson, 1/13/2004
  • Jean Valentine, 12/8/2003
  • Tribute to Henry Taylor, 9/23/2003
  • Cornelius Eady,10/24/2003
  • Pattiann Rodgers, 5/15/2003
  • George Schneeman, 3/15/2003
  • Robert Bly, 4/14/2003
  • Ron Padgett, 3/15/2003
  • Steve Clay, 3/15/2003
  • Paul Muldoon, 2/24/2003
  • Dissenting Practices, 2/20/2003
  • Linda Gregerson, 1/13/2003
  • Li-Young Lee, 12/9/2002
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, 11/13/2002
  • Nathalie Handal, 11/13/2002
  • Elmaz Abinader, 11/13/2002
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt, 10/21/2002
  • A. Van Jordan, 9/23/2002
  • Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, 9/23/2002
  • Shara McCallum, 9/23/2002
  • W.D. Snodgrass, 5/18/2002
  • W.D. Snodgrass, 5/13/2002
  • Natasha Trethewey, 4/29/2002
  • Dolores Kendrick, 4/29/2002
  • Celebration of the Sonnet, 4/2/2002
  • Alice Notley, 3/18/2002
  • Yeats' Gallery, 2/25/2002
  • Kenneth Koch, 1/14/2002
  • Susan Howe, 12/11/2001
  • Clarence Major, 11/26/2001
  • Bruce Smith, 11/26/2001
  • David St. John, 10/29/2001
  • Galway Kinnell, 5/4/2001
  • Billy Collins, 4/10/2001
  • Carol Ann Duffy, 4/10/2001
  • Les Murray, 3/26/2001
  • Lucille Clifton, 2/26/2001
  • Marie Howe, 1/29/2001
  • Elizabeth Alexander, 1/29/2001
  • Joy Harjo, 12/11/2000
  • Afaa Michael Weaver, 11/20/2000
  • Ahmos Zu-Bolton, 11/20/2000
  • Rachel Hadas, 10/23/2000
  • Louise Gluck, 5/2/2000
  • Sandra Cisneros, 4/7/2000
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 3/13/2000
  • Arthur Sze, 2/28/2000
  • Vijay Seshadri, 2/28/2000
  • Toi Derricotte, 1/24/2000
  • Thomas Lux, 1/24/2000

1990s

  • Elizabeth Spires, 12/6/1999
  • Tracie Morris, 11/8/1999
  • Yusef Komunyakaa, 11/8/1999
  • Alan Shapiro, 10/19/1999
  • Lannon Fellows, 10/4/1999
  • Amy Hempel, 5/4/1999
  • Steve Stern, 5/4/1999
  • Cornelius Eady, 5/4/1999
  • Carolyn Forché, 5/4/1999
  • YMCA National Writer's Voice, 5/4/1999
  • Stanley Kunitz, 4/16/1999
  • Melanie Rae Thon, 4/8/1999
  • Michael Martone, 4/8/1999
  • Tom Sleigh, 3/23/1999
  • Sandra Gilbert, 3/23/1999
  • Donald Justice, 3/2/1999
  • Brenda Marie Osbey, 2/16/1999
  • C.D. Wright, 2/4/1999
  • Mark McMorris, 2/4/1999
  • Eavan Boland, 1/26/1999
  • Jane Mead, 1/26/1999
  • Mary Oliver, 12/8/1998
  • Maggie Nelson, 12/3/1998
  • Jennifer Barber, 12/3/1998
  • Mark Bibbins, 12/3/1998
  • Lawson Fusao Inada, 11/10/1998
  • Jennifer Nelson, 11/10/1998
  • Heather McHugh, 10/20/1998
  • W.S. Merwin, 10/6/1998
  • Michael Palmer, 10/1/1998
  • Peter Brook, 9/9/1998
  • Gary Snyder, 5/8/1998
  • Gary Snyder,5/6/1998
  • Robert Pinsky, 4/17/1998
  • Ann Lauterbach, 4/16/1998
  • Stanley Plumly, 3/19/1998
  • Lucille Clifton, 3/19/1998
  • Robert Creeley, 3/19/1998
  • Denise Levertov, 3/19/1998
  • Dava Sobel, 3/11/1998
  • Richard Wilbur, 2/26/1998
  • James Tate, 2/24/1998
  • Brenda Hillman, 2/24/1998
  • DJ Renegade, 2/16/1998
  • Reuben Jackson, 1/27/1998
  • Al Young, 1/27/1998
  • Mary Karr, 12/7/1997
  • Reetika Vazarani, 11/18/1997
  • Zoe Anglesey, 11/18/1997
  • Charles Wright, 11/13/1997
  • Jay Parini, 11/13/1997
  • Frank Bidart, 10/21/1997
  • Leslie Scalapino, 10/16/1997
  • Mark Rudman, 10/16/1997
  • Rafael Campo, 9/18/1997
  • Marilyn Hacker, 9/18/1997
  • George Plimpton, 6/12/1997
  • Christopher Buckley, 6/12/1997
  • Nuala Ni Dhomhniall, 5/6/1997
  • Eilean Ni Chuilleanan, 5/6/1997
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, 4/4/1997
  • Kamau Brathwaite, 3/25/1997
  • Lannon Fellows, 2/24/1997
  • John Ashbery, 2/4/1997
  • Anne Carson, 2/4/1997
  • Michael Ondaatje, 1/14/1997
  • Anthony Hecht, 12/10/1996
  • Patricia Smith, 11/19/1996
  • Jesus Papoleto Melendez, 11/12/1996
  • Pedro Pietri, 11/12/1996
  • Jesus Melindez, 11/12/1996
  • Jorie Graham, 10/29/1996
  • Bei Dao, 5/7/1996
  • Derek Walcott, 4/26/1996
  • Anne Carson, 2/27/1996
  • Christopher Merrill, 2/27/1996
  • Henri Cole, 2/22/1996
  • Lucie Brock-Broido, 2/17/1996
  • Jay Wright, 1/23/1996
  • Peter Sacks, 12/12/1995
  • Patricia Smith, 11/14/1995
  • Paul Beatty, 11/14/1995
  • Laurie Anderson, 10/31/1995
  • E. Ethelbert Miller, 10/24/1995
  • Adrienne Rich, 10/10/1995
  • Octavio Paz, 5/25/1995
  • Sharon Olds, 5/12/1995
  • W. S. Merwin, 4/20/1995
  • Paul Muldoon, 3/7/1995
  • Rosanna Warren, 3/7/1995
  • Robert Creeley, 2/14/1995
  • Linda Pastan, 2/14/1995
  • Cyrus Cassells, 1/25/1995
  • Carolyn Forché, 1/24/1995
  • Hayden Carruth, 1994
  • Jorie Graham, 12/13/1994
  • Jane Miller, 11/17/1994
  • Mark Doty, 11/17/1994
  • Spalding Gray, 11/16/1994
  • Cornelius Eady, 11/15/1994
  • R.H.W. Dillard, 10/25/1994
  • Lucille Clifton< 5/17/1994
  • Rose Styron, 5/5/1994
  • George Plimpton, 5/5/1994
  • Robert Hass, 4/8/1994
  • Czeslaw Milosz, 4/8/1994
  • Olga Broumas, 3/29/1994
  • Killarney Clary, 3/3/1994
  • Agha Shahid Ali, 3/3/1994
  • Sheryl St. Germain, 2/22/1994
  • Galway Kinnell, 2/8/1994
  • Peter Reading, 1/25/1994
  • Rita Dove, 1/20/1994
  • Frank Bidart, 12/9/1993
  • Kenneth Carroll, 11/16/1993
  • Wanda Coleman, 11/16/1993
  • John Frederick Nims, 10/21/1993
  • Denise Levertov, 9/21/1993
  • Adrienne Rich, 5/4/1993
  • Octavio Paz, 4/15/1993
  • Alice Quinn, 3/2/1993
  • Charles Simic, 3/2/1993
  • Louise Gluck, 3/2/1993
  • Beth Joselow, 2/9/1993
  • E. Ethelbert Miller, 2/9/1993
  • William Matthews, 1/21/1993
  • Maxine Kumin, 12/8/1992
  • Martin Espada, 11/17/1992
  • Robert Creeley, 11/17/1992
  • Marilyn Waniek (aka Marilyn Nelson), 11/17/1992
  • Cynthia Macdonald, 10/22/1992
  • John Updike, 4/6/1992
  • Fred Chappell, 3/30/1992
  • Richard Tillinghast, 3/30/1992
  • Olga Broumas, 3/8/1992
  • Carolyn Forché, 3/2/1992
  • Jane Kenyon, 2/3/1992
  • Jean Nordhaus, 2/3/1992
  • Anne Becker, 1/13/1992
  • Ai, 1/13/1992
  • Mona Van Duyn, 1991
  • Julie Agoos, 1991
  • Charles Wright, 12/9/1991
  • Gibbons Ruark, 11/25/1991
  • Eamon Grennan, 11/25/1991
  • Les Murray, 11/12/1991
  • Brendan Galvin, 10/28/1991
  • Miroslav Holub, 10/15/1991
  • Belle Waring, 5/13/1991
  • Donald Justice, 4/15/1991
  • Seamus Heaney, 4/7/1991
  • Li-Young Lee, 3/11/1991
  • David Ignatow, 3/11/1991
  • Ntozake Shange, 2/19/1991
  • Jessica Hagedorn, 2/19/1991
  • Gregory Orr, 1/28/1991
  • Edward Kleinschmidt, 1/28/1991
  • Linda Pastan, 1/14/1991
  • Jean Valentine, 12/10/1990
  • Thomas Lux, 11/19/1990
  • Jorie Graham, 11/19/1990
  • Toi Derricotte, 11/19/1990
  • Anthony Hecht, 10/26/1990
  • Dave Smith, 10/22/1990
  • Roland Flint, 10/22/1990
  • Sonia Sanchez, 9/17/1990
  • Molly Peacock, 6/30/1990
  • Minnie Bruce Pratt, 6/30/1990
  • Adam Zagajewski, 4/2/1990
  • Bernice Reagon, 3/2/1990
  • June Jordan, 3/2/1990
  • Jane Shore, 2/5/1990
  • Carol Muske, 2/5/1990
  • Bruce Weigl, 1/22/1990
  • John Balaban, 1/22/1990

1980s

  • Josephine Jacobsen, 12/12/1989
  • Jean Valentine, 12/12/1989
  • Saul Bellow, 12/1/1989
  • Henry Taylor, 11/13/1989
  • Michael Collier, 11/13/1989
  • Peter Sacks, 4/12/1989
  • Yehuda Amichai, 3/15/1989
  • Philip Levine, 2/27/1989
  • Thomas McGrath, 1/31/1989
  • Reed Whittemore, 1/19/1989
  • Roland Flint, 1/19/1989
  • Eilean Ni Chuilleanan, 1/18/1989
  • Marilyn Hacker, 12/14/1988
  • Marge Piercy, 10/24/1988
  • Octavio Paz, 10/18/1988
  • Yehuda Amichai, 9/29/1988
  • Octavio Paz, 9/29/1988
  • Derek Walcott, 9/29/1988
  • Les Murray, 9/29/1988
  • Peter Sacks, 9/29/1988
  • Jeffery Harrison, 5/6/1988
  • Irina Ratushinskay, 4/4/1988
  • Linda Pastan, 3/29/1988
  • Myra Sklarew, 3/29/1988
  • John Ashbery, 2/19/1988
  • Patricia Willis, 1/15/1988
  • June Jordan, 11/18/1987
  • Anthony Hecht, 10/22/1987
  • Stanley Kunitz, 5/12/1987
  • Galway Kinnell, 4/9/1987
  • Katha Pollitt, 3/9/1987
  • Laura Jensen, 3/9/1987
  • Stanley Plumly, 2/10/1987
  • C. K. Williams, 2/10/1987
  • Cynthia Macdonald, 12/12/1986
  • Katherine Zadravec, 12/11/1986
  • Frank Dorn, 12/11/1986
  • James Merrill, 11/18/1986
  • Diane Burns, 10/30/1986
  • Gregory Tate, 10/30/1986
  • Joseph Brodsky, 10/21/1986
  • Michael Harper, 4/22/1986
  • Rita Dove, 4/22/1986
  • Tomas Transtromer, 4/1/1986
  • William Pritchard, 3/3/1986
  • Nicholas Christopher, 2/18/1986
  • Jeffery Harrison, 2/18/1986
  • Robert Hass, 2/18/1986
  • Anthony Hecht, 1/13/1986
  • Amy Clampitt, 1/12/1986
  • Jorie Graham, 11/19/1985
  • Lucille Clifton, 11/19/1985
  • W.D. Snodgrass, 10/15/1985
  • Donald Hall, 10/15/1985
  • Seamus Heaney, 5/3/1985
  • Denis Johnson, 4/2/1985
  • Elizabeth Spires, 4/2/1985
  • Edward Hirsch, 3/4/1985
  • Gjertrud Schnackenberg, 3/4/1985
  • Mary Oliver, 2/4/1985
  • Sharon Olds, 12/10/1984
  • Sandra Esteves, 10/30/1984
  • Rikki Lights, 10/30/1984
  • Robert Pinsky, 10/24/1984
  • Alison Lurie, 10/12/1984
  • Shelby Hearon, 10/12/1984
  • May Swenson, 10/2/1984
  • Reed Whittemore, 5/9/1984
  • Jordan Smith, 5/8/1984
  • Douglas Crase, 5/8/1984
  • Charles Simic, 4/2/1984
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt, 4/2/1984
  • Sonia Sanchez, 2/6/1984
  • Jean Valentine, 12/12/1983
  • Josephine Jacobsen, 12/9/1983
  • Roland Flint, 12/6/1983
  • W.S. Merwin, 11/16/1983
  • James Dickey, 10/30/1983
  • Garth Tate, 10/4/1983
  • Kimiko Hahn, 10/4/1983
  • Ivan Lalic, 9/7/1983
  • Denise Levertov, 5/9/1983
  • Jean Valentine, 4/18/1983
  • Ursula LeGuin, 3/21/1983
  • Samuel Hazo, 12/3/1982
  • Frederick Morgan, 10/18/1982
  • Myra Sklarew, 9/20/1982
  • Veno Taufer, 5/17/1982
  • Jerome Rothenberg, 5/11/1982
  • Richard Wilbur, 4/22/1982
  • Sterling Brown, 3/9/1982
  • Tess Gallagher, 2/1/1982
  • Steve Orlen, 1/4/1982
  • Susan Wood, 1/4/1982
  • Carole Oles, 12/7/1981
  • Jane Flanders, 12/7/1981
  • Pamela Stewart, 11/17/1981
  • Carolyn Forché, 11/17/1981
  • Fay Chiang, 10/6/1981
  • Peter Harris, 10/6/1981
  • Howard Nemerov, 9/21/1981
  • Eilean Ni Chuilleanan, 9/21/1981
  • Charles Simic, 5/2/1981
  • Carolyn Kizer, 4/30-5/2/1981
  • Josephine Miles, 4/13/1981
  • Albert Goldbarth, 3/31/1981
  • Dick Higgins, 3/2/1981
  • Frank Bidart, 2/10/1981
  • Louise Gluck, 1/5/1981
  • Thomas Lux, 12/1/1980
  • Robert Bly, 10/20/1980
  • David Antin, 6/2/1980
  • Ira Sadoff, 3/4/1980
  • Mark Strand, 2/25/1980
  • David McAleavey, 2/7/1980
  • Charles Wright, 2/5/1980
  • Audre Lorde, 1/21/1980
  • Olga Broumas, 1/11/1980

1970s

  • David St. John, 12/4/1979
  • Heather McHugh, 11/19/1979
  • W.S. Merwin, 11/16/1979
  • William Claire, 8/1979
  • Leslie Ullman, 5/29/1979
  • John Ashbery, 3/12/1979
  • James Wright, 3/8/1979
  • James Liddy, 2/6/1979
  • Gerald Stern, 12/11/1978
  • Erica Jong, 12/7/1978
  • Theodore Weiss, 11/6/1978
  • Marvin Bell, 10/17/1978
  • E. Ethelbert Miller, 10/9/1978
  • June Jordan, 10/9/1978
  • Murial Ruckheyser, 9/25/1978
  • John Pauker, 6/5/1978
  • Philip Levine, 5/30/1978
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 4/3/1978
  • Linda Pastan, 2/7/1978
  • Linda Sexton, 1/23/1978
  • Howard Moss, 1/9/1978
  • Mary Abbott, 1977
  • Alice Walker, 12/6/1977
  • Frederick Morgan, 12/6/1977
  • Ruth Whitman, 11/21/1977
  • Myra Sklarew, 11/10/1977
  • Barbara Guest, 7/1977
  • Maura Stanton, 5/2/1977
  • Daniel Berrigan, S.J., 4/4/1977
  • Charles David Wright, 3/31/1977
  • Jean Nordhaus, 3/24/1977
  • Allen Ginsberg, 3/7/1977
  • Robert Hayden, 1/21/1977
  • Reed Whittemore, 1/21/1977
  • James Dickey, 1/19/1977
  • Richard Eberhart, 1/18/1977
  • Josephine Jacobsen, 1/17/1977
  • May Miller, 1/17/1977
  • John Engels, 1/3/1977
  • Henry Taylor, 1/3/1977
  • William Meredith, 12/6/1976
  • Maxine Kumin, 12/6/1976
  • James Merrill, 11/8/1976
  • Marge Piercy, 10/18/1976
  • Ralph Robin, 5/24/1976
  • Rod Jellema, 5/24/1976
  • Roland Flint, 5/24/1976
  • Darcy Gottlieb, 4/8/1976
  • X.J. Kennedy, 4/5/1976
  • James Wright, 3/8/1976
  • Jodi Braxton, 2/2/1976
  • Grace Cavalieri, 2/2/1976
  • Ahmos Zu-Bolton, 2/2/1976
  • Clarence Major, 1/5/1976
  • Doris Grumbach, 1/5/1976
  • John Gardner, 12/1/1975
  • Josephine Jacobsen, 11/10/1975
  • Marilyn Hacker, 10/13/1975
  • Reed Whittemore, 9/25/1975
  • Katie Loucheim, 3/24/1975
  • Arthur Gregor, 3/10/1975
  • Charles David Wright, 3/10/1975
  • Wayne Alexander, 2/24/1975
  • Michael Lally, 2/24/1975
  • David Slavitt, 2/17/1975
  • Mona Van Duyn, 1/20/1975
  • R.H.W. Dillard, 1/6/1975
  • O.B. Hardison, 5/28/1974
  • Ann Stanford, 4/1974
  • James Dickey, 3/18/1974
  • Shirley Kaufman, 2/1/1974
  • Muriel Ruckheyser, 1/21/1974
  • Michael Harper, 4/2/1973
  • Peter Klappert, 3/12/1973
  • John Hawkes, 1/22/1973
  • Marin Sorescu, 5/17/1972
  • Samuel Hazo, 3/26/1972
  • Myra Sklarew, 3/26/1972
  • Keith Wilson, 3/14/1972
  • Holly Stevens, 2/27/1972
  • Frank Scott, 1/30/1972
  • Margaret Atwood, 1/30/1972
  • Richard Murphy, 3/17/1971
  • St. John Primus, 2/21/1971
  • William Stafford, 1/17/1971
  • George Garrett, 3/1/1970
  • Roger Hecht, 2/12/1970
  • John Pauker, 2/12/1970
  • Lucille Clifton, 2/8/1970