A Poetry Reading by Robert Hass
Date: 6:00pm PST February 6 Location: Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
Shoey Sindel 2014
Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber
Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. Widely read and much honored, he is also an essayist, translator, and activist on behalf of poetry, literacy, and the environment. Most notably, in his tenure as United States Poet Laureate, Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy, armed with the mantra “imagination makes communities.”
Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and more, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. His collection of poems entitled Time and Materials won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, is the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His most recent book is a collection of essays exploring poetic form titled A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry.
Hass has also been awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award. He is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.