The Plutzik Memorial Reading Series is one of the most prestigious and longest-running reading series in the country. Over the years, the Series has featured a vast array of poets and fiction writers, the famous and not-yet famous. Originally established by Hyam Plutzik himself, the Series was named for the poet after his death in 1962. Readings have been held in at Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester since the series’ inception. The 52nd annual series welcomes three great poets in Fall 2013:
Louise Gluck, Aleksander Hemon, and Sally Keith
October 12, 2013 – 3:30 PM
Louise Glück, Poet
Louis Glück is Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a former Poet Laureate of the United States, Glück is the author a dozen widely acclaimed books, most recently Poems 1962-2012. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can leads us so deeply into our own nature.” Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Hass has called her “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing.”Glück is currently the Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University, having taught previously at Williams College for over twenty years.
She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was in 1999 elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In the New York Times, critic William Logan described her work as “the logical outcome of a certain strain of confessional verse—starved of adjectives, thinned to a nervous set of verbs, intense almost past bearing, her poems have been dark, damaged and difficult to avert your gaze from.”
October 29, 2013 – 5 PM
Aleksandar Hemon, Poet
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, which will be published by Riverhead Books on May 14, 2009.
Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
November 14, 2013 – 5 PM
Sally Keith, Poet
Sally Keith’s most recent book is The Fact of the Matter. Her previous collections of poetry: Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series competition.
Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere. Keith teaches at George Mason University.
For up to date information on the readings, please contact the English Department at The University of Rochester – (585) 275- 4092. To interview the poets or learn more about the series, please contact the Public Relations office at The University of Rochester – (585) 276-3256, firstname.lastname@example.org