Poet Mark Strand’s career has been punctuated by numerous honors including the Pulitzer Prize, appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate in 1990, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Fellowship (more commonly known as “the genius grant”).
Strand will deliver this year’s Elizabeth Bishop Lecture on Thursday, November 6, 6:00 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is made possible through a gift from Priscilla H. Rockwell and H.P. Davis Rockwell and is sponsored by the Department of English. Strand will read from his work and take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public.
Strand has an impressive body of work to his credit including several books of poetry, a collection of stories, and three volumes of translations. He has also edited many anthologies. His career has spanned decades beginning with the publication of his first book of poetry, Sleeping with One Eye Open, in 1964. His collection, Blizzard of One, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999. That collection “earns him his place in the pantheon” said a New York Times review.
About the Elizabeth Bishop Lecture
Each year Vassar College invites a distinguished poet to give the Elizabeth Bishop Lecture, an endowed reading /lecture that honors the Vassar alumna whose papers are housed in our Special Collections Library and whose hundredth anniversary was celebrated in 2011 with a major conference on Bishop's work. Our Bishop Lecturers have included Robert Pinsky, Seamus Heaney, and, most recently, Natasha Trethewey. The Elizabeth Bishop Poetry Series is made possible through the gift of Priscilla H. Rockwell and H.P. Davis Rockwell.
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