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A Poetry Reading by D. A. Powell

Date: 4:30pm PDT October 26, 2012 Location: Hoffman Art Gallery

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    D.A. Powell

Hoffman Art Gallery

Join us for homecoming weekend and a reading by award winning poet D. A. Powell. Free and open to the public. 

D. A. Powell’s books include Tea, Lunch, Cocktails and Chronic. Chronic was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, and Publishers Weekly. A finalist for both the Publishers Triangle and the National Book Critics Circle Awards, the volume of political and personal poems went on to receive the Northern California Book Award and the Gold Medal in Poetry from the California Commonwealth Club. Additionally, Chronic received the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry from Claremont College and was Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Critic Stephen Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.”

Powell’s work appears in numerous anthologies, including Norton’s American Hybrid, Legitimate Dangers: Poets of the New Century and two volumes of Best American Poetry. His recent poems appear in The New Republic, Granta, American Poetry Review and A Public Space. With David Trinidad and a cast of hundreds, Powell is co-author of By Myself: An Autobiography (Turtle Point, 2009). 

In 1995, with Katherine Hazzard, D. A. Powell co-founded and edited Electronic Poetry Review, a pioneer cyberspace journal, which published work from an aesthetically broad field of contemporary poets, including Louise Glück, Heather McHugh, James Tate, Claudia Rankine, Brenda Hillman, Carol Frost, Carl Phillips and Campbell McGrath. He now co-edits Lo-Ball with poet T. J. Difranceso.

D. A. Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Millay Colony, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation. In 2010, he was Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa Poet. And in 2011, Powell gave the Theodore Roethke Memorial Reading at University of Washington.

A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Columbia University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Davidson College and New England College. He teaches at University of San Francisco.

Of Powell’s latest volume, Elissa Schappelle wrote in Vanity Fair’s “Hot Type,” “With his typical wry eroticism, an eagle eye for the places where men converge, and a compass that points always to desire, poet D. A. Powell leads us on a tour through a Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, from gay bars to bathhouses and into the backwoods.”

Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys is Powell’s fifth collection of poems. 

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