[PAST EVENT] Poet, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Wojahn to appear, read from his works

October 10, 2012
7pm - 9pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Wojahn will read from new and selected works on Oct. 10, 7 p.m. in Blow Hall, Room 201.

This second event of the 2012 Patrick Hayes Writers Series is free and open to the public.

Wojahn, who teaches poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004. He is the author of seven books of poetry and of Strange Good Fortune, a collection of essays.

Wojahn's poetry usually addresses political and social issues in American life. He often takes as his subjects moments of significance in popular culture, such as the assassination of Beatle icon John Lennon, the professional decline of Jim Morrison of the Doors and of the drowning of Brian Jones, original leader of the Rolling Stones.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona, his first collection, Icehouse Lights, was chosen by Richard Hugo as a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams book award. His career as a poet, essayist, editor and teacher has been widely lauded, earning him fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and the Virginia, Illinois and Indiana Councils for the Arts. In 1987-88, he was the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar.

His second collection, Glassworks, published in 1987, was awarded the Society of Midland Authors' Award for best volume of poetry published during that year. Subsequent books include Mystery Train (1990), Late Empire (1994), The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002), all published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Wojahn's newest collection, World Tree (2011) was enthusiastically described by one reader as "in many respects, David Wojahn's most ambitious collection to date; especially notable is a 25-poem sequence of ekphrastic poems, Ochre, which is accompanied by a haunting series of drawings and photographs of Neolithic Art and anonymous turn of the last century snapshots."

[[njscho, Professor Nancy Schoenberger]]