Friday, January 25, 2008

Glück out, Armantrout in...

From AWP:

Due to a recently broken wrist, Louise Glück has cancelled her appearance atthe conference. AWP wishes her a swift recovery to stay, as Stephen Colbert would say, 'wrist-strong.'

Rae Armantrout will read with Mark Strand on Friday night at 8:30 in theGrand Ballroom of the Hilton New York. The reading is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

Rae Armantrout is a native Californian whose poems are masterful contradictions; according to Robert Creeley, her poems have ‘a quiet and enabling signature.’ He adds, ‘I don’t think there’s another poet writing who is so consummate in authority and yet so generous to her readers and company alike.’

Her poems are telegenically ‘regional,’ filled with bungalows, newscasters and swimming pools yet they ring with an immaterial clarity that quietly subsumes her readers and listeners in a radical and eerily funny vision. She was at the center of the first generation of Language Poets, the group in the US most often credited with introducing poetry to postmodernity. Since then Rae Armantrout has forged a growing international reputation—publishing eight remarkable books of poems, most recently Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004) and Veil: New and Selected Poems(Wesleyan, 2001), as well as countless poems anthologized (Best American Poetry 2002, and Postmodern American Poetry, a Norton Anthology, 1994) and gathered in diverse journals such as Conjunctions, Partisan Review, and the LA Times.

In 2000, A Wild Salience, a collection of critical writings on the work of Rae Armantrout, was published (Burning Deck). She has directed the New Writing Series at University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) since1989, and co-organized the Page Mother's Conference in 1999. She has taught writing at UCSD for almost two decades.


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