Ellen Bryant Voigt 2015

2017 Visiting Writer: Ellen Bryant Voigt

November 1 - November 2, 2017

Event Details

On Wednesday and Thursday, November 1 and 2, 2017, the Department of English will be hosting a visit to Hillsdale College by the distinguished poet Ellen Bryant Voigt. On Wednesday evening at 8:00 she will give a reading from her work. On Thursday, again at 8:00 pm, she will deliver a lecture titled “Lost and Found: On Randall Jarrell and the Use of Repetition.” Both events are free and open to the public. Both will take place in Dow Rooms A & B.

About Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt has published eight volumes of poetry––Claiming Kin (1976), The Forces of Plenty (1983), The Lotus Flowers (1987), Two Trees (1992); Kyrie (1995), a finalist for the National Book Crit­ics’ Circle Award; Shadow of Heaven (2002), a finalist for the National Book Award; Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of The Poets’ Prize 2008; and most recently, Headwaters (2013). She also co-edited an anthology of essays, Poets Teaching Poets: Self and the World, and collected her own essays on craft in The Flexible Lyric (1999) and The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song (2009). For her poems, which have been published in American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The New England Review, The New Yorker, The Southern Review and Slate, she has received the Emily Clark Balch Award, the Hanes Poetry Award, the Teasdale Award, three Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in Scribner’s Best American Poetry, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Merrill Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Voigt designed and directed the nation’s first low-residency MFA Writing Program, at Goddard College, and she teaches in its reincarnation at Warren Wilson College. She has also taught at Iowa Wesleyan College, M.I.T., the University of Cincin­nati, Bread Loaf and other Writers Conferences, and in brief residencies at numerous colleges and universities. A former Vermont State Poet, she has been inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She grew up in Virginia, went to school in South Carolina, and lives in Vermont.

For further information, please contact Dr. John Somerville in the Department of English.