Finalists for the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry

Please join us for the public readings by finalists for the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech. Readings will be held at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta, GA or Georgia Tech's DramaTech Theatre.

For more information about the Bourne Chair position, please visit the announcement.

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Ed Pavlić

Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 PM
Ed Pavlić

Ed Pavlić is author of eleven published or forthcoming books. His work moves between poetry, criticism, fiction and non-fiction. His most recent work includes: Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener (Fordham UP 2016), Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno (Fence Books 2015) and Visiting Hours at the Color Line (Milkweed Editions 2013). Forthcoming books include: Live at the Bitter End (Saturnalia Books 2018), a collection of poems in the structure of a murder trial; Another Kind of Madness (Milkweed Editions 2018), a novel set in Chicago and costal Kenya and tuned to the sound of Chaka Khan; and Let It Be Broke (Four Way Books 2020), a poetry collection exploring contemporary racial violence and cross-racial experience in the United States. Pavlić is twice winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012 and 2015) as well as the The American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Prize (2001). He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia. He lives with his family in Athens, GA.


Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 PM
Aliki Barnstone

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Aliki Barnstone (photo credit: John Farmer de la Torre)

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of eight books of poetry: The Real Tin Flower (Crowel-Collier, 1968), Windows in Providence (Curbstone, 1981), Madly in Love (Carnegie-Mellon, 1997), Wild With It (2002), Blue Earth (Iris Press, 2004), Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009), Bright Body (White Pine, 2011), and Dwelling (Sheep Meadow, 2016). She translated of The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006). Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (Crowell-Collier, 1968), was published when she was 12 years old, with a forward by Anne Sexton. In 2014, Carnegie-Mellon University Press reissued her book, Madly in Love, as a Carnegie-Mellon Classic Contemporary. She has edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken, 1980; 2nd edition, 1992) and the Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry (Shambhala, 2002). Her literary critical work includes writing the introductions and readers' notes for H.D.'s Trilogy, co-editing The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era, and her study, Changing Rapture: The Development of Emily Dickinson's Poetry (University Press of New England, 2007). Her poems and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. With musician Frank Haney, she recorded a CD, Wild Wind. Her visual art has appeared in New Letters and Tiferet, and illustrates and as the cover art and interior art for Elizabeth Cohen's Bird Light (St. Julian Press, 2016) and Tom Simmons' Now (St. Julian Press, 2016). Among her awards are a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Greece, the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and residencies at the Anderson Center at Tower View and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri and serves as poet laureate of Missouri.


Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM
Ilya Kaminsky

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Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR, and arrived in USA in 1993, when his family was granted asylum. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press), Deaf Republic (forthcoming from Graywolf) and several other books, including Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, which he co-translated with Jean Valentine (Alice James Books). He has edited many collections of poems and essays, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) which has been called "a modern classic." His poems have been translated into numerous languages around the globe and his books have been published in Turkey, Netherlands, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. His other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, The Whiting Writers Award, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize, Pushcart Prize, and others. Recently, he was on the shortlist for the Neusdadt International Literature Prize. His essays appear in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian (UK) and Boston Review. He's served as the Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at Poetry Foundation and is currently a Professor of English and Comparative at San Diego State University.


Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM
Cecilia Woloch

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Cecilia Woloch

Cecilia Woloch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there and in rural Kentucky, one of seven children of a homemaker and an airplane mechanic. She is the recipient of a 2017 Pushcart Prize, a 2011 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants and fellowships from the California Arts Council, CEC/ArtsLink International, the Isaac Bernheim Foundation, Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Chateau de la Napoule Art Foundation. She is the author of six award-winning collections of poems, most recently Carpathia, published by BOA Editions in 2009 and a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Earth, winner of the 2014 Two Sylvias Press Prize for the Chapbook. She has also published a novel, Sur la Route (Quale Press 2015). Her 2001 collection, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, has been adapted for multi-media performances around the world and was published in French translation by Scribe l'Harmattan in 2014; a new English edition is forthcoming from Two Sylvias Press in 2018. In addition to French, her work has been translated into and published in German, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanes and Ukrainian. She has taught in creative writing programs at universities across the U.S. and has led writing workshops in France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Mexico. Based in Los Angeles, she spends part of each year on the road.


Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00pm
Vijay Seshadri

(Location: Georgia Tech DramaTech Theatre; parking available at nearby Student Center lot)

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Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books Wild KingdomThe Long MeadowThe Disappearances, and 3 Sections, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments.

His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has held the Michele Tolela Myers Chair.