An Evening of Poetry with Ann Lauterbach, Mark Wunderlich and Jean Kane
Join us for an evening of readings in celebration of National Poetry Month
Ann Lauterbach's work has been compared to the poetry of John Ashbery and Barbara Guest. She has published several volumes of poetry, including Many Times, but Then (1979), Before Recollection (1987), Clamor (1991), And for Example (1994), On a Stair (1997), If inTime (2001), Hum (2005) and Or to Begin Again (2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. If in Time, a volume of her selected poetry, demonstrates the transformation of her style over three decades, an evolution described by Thomas Fink in the Boston Review: “Lauterbach has found new forms for expressing the continuousness of change: its ways of summoning and disrupting intimacy, of evoking and subverting the position of perceptions and the framing and decentering play of language itself.” In addition to poetry, Lauterbach has published a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (2005). She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. For over 15 years, has taught at Bard College and co-directed the Writing Division of the MFA program. She has also taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Iowa.
Mark Wunderlich’s collections of poetry include The Anchorage (1999), winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Voluntary Servitude (2004). As J.D. McClatchy said of Wunderlich’s debut, “The Anchorage bravely takes up the raw mess of desire and pain, the cold ache of longing and loss, and in sleek and searing poems exposes the way we live now to the larger powers of the racing heart and the radiant imagination.” Wunderlich’s poems engage themes of sexuality, spirituality, and power, balancing a baroque attention to detail with driving movement. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He has also been awarded the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, including The New Young American Poets (2000, ed. Kevin Prufer), and Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry (2000, ed. Timothy Liu). Wunderlich has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and San Francisco State University. He currently teaches at Bennington College, VT and lives in the Hudson Valley.
Jean Kane was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the midwest. She teaches a wide range of courses in English and women's studies at Vassar College, including expository and creative writing, imperial and post-colonial literatures, modern British and American literature, and women in global visual culture. Her poetry, fiction, and critical essays, have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, Hotel Amerika, and Prairie Schooner. Her poetry collection Make Me takes everyday objects as vehicles of consciousness and emotion, importing the conceit of eighteenth-century “it” narratives into contemporary idioms. But the title also alludes to the crafting of subjects through brute power. Donald Revell says, "Jean Kane has truly surprised our common world, this world, in a moment of most candid, most innocent grammars. In these poems, language becomes new to itself and speaks the the rapture of beginnings, "