US poet laureate featured in virtual fall 2020 Poetry at Bennington Series

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BENNINGTON — Poetry at Bennington, an endowed program of short-term residencies that brings established and emerging poets to Bennington College for public readings and close work with students, has announced its fall 2020 lineup of featured poets.

This fall, in line with public health practices, all Poetry at Bennington readings will be presented remotely over Zoom. All events begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time and are free, open to the public, and can be accessed and shared from the Poetry at Bennington webpage, https://www.bennington.edu/poetry-bennington.

"We are very excited about the poets reading remotely for us this term," said Poetry at Bennington Director Michael Dumanis. "They range from the current U.S. poet laureate to three terrific poets on the Columbia University faculty to a member of the Oglala Sioux nation who won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her first book of poems to a University of Virginia professor and recent NEA fellow whose fourth formally daring collection of poems rigorously explores American racial history and reality."

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Shane McCrae and Kiki Petrosino will read from their poetry. McCrae is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently "Sometimes I Never Suffered" (FSG, 2020); "The Gilded Auction Block" (FSG, 2019), a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection; and "In the Language of My Captor" (Wesleyan, 2017). Petrosino is the author of four collections of poetry: "White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia" (2020), a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection included on Publishers Weekly's "Anti-Racist Reading List"; "Witch Wife," a New York Times Best Book of 2017; "Hymn for the Black Terrific" (2013); and "Fort Red Border" (2009), all from Sarabande Books.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Joy Harjo, the 23rd United States Poet Laureate and first Native American to hold the position, will read from her poetry. Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry, including "An American Sunrise" (Norton, 2019) and "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings" (Norton, 2015), shortlisted for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her memoir "Crazy Brave" (Norton, 2012) won the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction and the American Book Award.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Timothy Donnelly and Dorthea Lasky will read from their poetry. Donnelly is the author of three books of poetry: "The Problem of the Many" (Wave Books, 2019); "The Cloud Corporation" (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize; and "Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensezeit" (Grove, 2003). Lasky, a former visiting faculty member at Bennington, is the author of five books of poetry, most recently "Milk" (Wave, 2018), "ROME" (Norton/Liveright, 2014), and "Thunderbird" (Wave, 2012). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Layli Long Soldier will read from her poetry. Long Soldier is the author of the poetry collection "Whereas" (Graywolf, 2017), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, BOMB, and Poetry magazine.

ABOUT THE FALL 2020 FEATURED POETS

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Timothy Donnelly's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, the Paris Review's Bernard F. Connors Prize, a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and New York State's Writers Institute. He is a professor at Columbia University.

Joy Harjo is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Jackson Prize and William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The executive editor of the just-published "When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry," she is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dorothea Lasky is also the author of "Animal" (Wave, 2019), a book of poetry lectures, co-author (with Alex Dimitrov) of "Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac" (Flatiron, 2019), and coeditor of "Open the Door: How to Excite Young People about Poetry" (McSweeney's, 2013). She is an associate professor at Columbia University. In 2013, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College.

Layli Long Soldier' participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 2012. She is the recipient of a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Whiting Writer's Award. She is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Shane McCrae's work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and the Best American Poetry series. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

Kiki Petrosino's poems and essays have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Poetry, and the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEA and the Kentucky Arts Council, she is a professor of poetry at the University of Virginia.

ABOUT POETRY AT BENNINGTON

Since its establishment in 2012, Poetry at Bennington has brought more than 50 poets to campus, including Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners, along with a diverse range of emerging and established poets. During the short-term residencies, the poets give public readings and engage directly with students through question-and-answer sessions, craft lectures, master classes, group writing exercises, and individual consultations. The events are free and and regularly attract students from neighboring colleges, as well as poetry enthusiasts across southern Vermont and western Massachusetts.

Previous visiting poets have included Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winners Timothy Donnelly, Ross Gay, Matthea Harvey, and Dawn Lundy Martin; Poets Laureate Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and Natasha Trethewey; MacArthur "Genius" Grant Award Winners C.D. Wright and Claudia Rankine; National Book Award Winners Daniel Borzutzky, Robin Coste Lewis, Mark Doty, and Terrance Hayes; and Pulitzer Prize Winners Rae Armantrout and Jorie Graham.


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