Poetry Reading by Linda Bierds and Emily Wilson
Date: 6:00pm PDT April 21, 2015 Location: Frank Manor House
Frank Manor House
Emily Wilson grew up in Maine and now makes her home in Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published two books of poetry, The Keep (2001) and Micrographia (2009). Her third collection, The Great Medieval Yellows, will arrive from Canarium Books in 2015. She has received a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and designs and prints letterpress books under the imprint, Spurwink Press.
Linda Bierds’ ninth book of poetry, Roget’s Illusion, was published by Putnam’s in March, 2014. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry: 2014. In addition to being awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, Professor Bierds has received the PEN/West Poetry Prize, the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, the Consuelo Ford Award from the Poetry Society of America, four Pushcart Prizes, the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts. In the last few years, Professor Bierds has been a judge for the nation’s most distinguished poetry prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Award, the Walt Whitman Poetry Award, The Pushcart Prize, and the National Book Award. In recognition of her achievements, Oglethorpe University awarded Professor Bierds the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris cousa, in May, 2011.