Published DatePLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Authors' Series at Plymouth State University will present a free reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jorie Graham at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 28 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Graham is an extraordinary American artist whom The New Yorker calls "a mesmerizing voice." She is renowned for poetry that is startling, original and deeply relevant, and has been placed in the poetic lineage of such masters as T.S. Eliot and John Ashbery.
She has published more than a dozen books of poetry, has collaborated on others and has edited still more. Her most recent book, Place, was published in 2012. In Place, Graham explores the ways in which our imagination, intuition and experience aid us in navigating a world moving toward its own annihilation and a political reality where people and their dignity are increasingly disposable.
In an interview by Sharon Blackie for EarthLines Graham said, "People were clearly not meant to live as they wished to live on this planet...The mismatch between this species–with its needs and desires–and this place was evident everywhere [when she lived on a homestead in Wyoming for many years]... Oh it made me and makes me half-crazed at times with grief, then with rage, then with just total bafflement... I knew even then desire was our illness, as well as our stunning spark. It has turned out to be more our illness. What can I say. That is what I write from and about."
In a new Eagle Pond Series tradition, Tyler Carignan, a senior PSU English major from Derry, New Hampshire, will open the program reading some of his own works.
Now in its 15th year, the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.
Hall will be on hand to introduce Graham, and both will stay after the reading for an authors' reception and book signing, including Hall's latest publication, Christmas at Eagle Pond.
Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors' Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).