2017 Lecture Series

Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae teaches at Columbia University and is the author of seven poetry collections, including "Sometimes I Never Suffered" (2020), and "The Gilded Auction Block " (2019) ... Read More
Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt

Poet, literary critic, and Harvard University professor, Stephanie Burt is “one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation.” ... Read More
Monica Youn

Monica Youn

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently BLACKACRE (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America ... Read More
Robert Pinsky at microphone

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, translator, teacher, and speaker. His first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism—and such national enthusiasm in response—that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. ... Read More
Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of five collections of poetry ... Read More
Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, and has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School. She has published over forty books of poetry ... Read More
Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of four collections of poetry, including "Life on Mars," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. In 2017 and again in 2018 she was named US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. ... Read More
Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Billy Collins is perhaps the best know poet in the US. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, former US poet Laureate, distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College. ... Read More
Erica Jong

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. ... Read More
Michael Dickman

Michael Dickman

Michael Dickman earned a BA at the University of Oregon and received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He now teaches poetry at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University ... Read More