MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2 and April 3, 2013, the Department of English will host Visiting Writer B.H. Fairchild, who will read from his poetry (Tuesday) and deliver a lecture titled "Coming into Poetry" (Wednesday). Both reading and lecture will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Dow Center A and B. Both the reading and talk are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. John Somerville at (517) 607-2431.
B.H. Fairchild was born in Houston, Texas, in 1942 and grew up there and in small towns in west Texas, Oklahoma, and southwest Kansas. He attended the University of Tulsa and University of Kansas, working part-time as a movie usher, a technical writer for a nitroglycerin plant, and an English tutor to the Kansas basketball team. He has since taught English and creative writing at Claremont Graduate University, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas.
Mr. Fairchild's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, and many other journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poems of 2000 and 2010.
He is the author of six volumes of poetry. The third volume, The Art of the Lathe (Alice James Books 1998), won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award, the California Book Award, and the Natalie Ornish Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (Norton 2003), Mr. Fairchild's fourth collection, received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Gold Medal in Poetry from the California Book Awards, the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Award, and the Bobbitt Award from the Library of Congress, given for “the most distinguished book of poems published in the previous two years.” His most recent collection, Usher (Norton 2009), was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of its favorite 25 books of poetry or fiction published in 2009. His latest volume of selected and new poems, The Blue Buick (Norton), will appear in April 2014.
In 2001, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Mr. Fairchild the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize for “consistent excellence over a long career," and in 2005 The Sewanee Review honored him with the Aiken/Taylor Modern Poetry Award for the body of his work. He has held fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. He recently received Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay.
Mr. Fairchild is also the author of Such Holy Song, a scholarly study of William Blake.
For a review of Mr. Fairchild's books prior to Usher, see the following article by Christopher Bakken: http://www.cprw.com/Bakken/fairchild.htm .
For an interview with Paul Mariani, see http://www.cstone.net/~poems/essafair.htm
The site below at Image magazine includes two of Mr. Fairchild's poems:
Mr. Fairchild's books are available for purchase at the Hillsdale College Bookstore.
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