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Come Shining: A Tribute to C.D. Wright

C.D. Wright
Date and Time: 
October 19, 2016 - 7:00PM
Event Location: 
CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Admission: 
Free and open to the public

An event to honor the late C.D. Wright (1949-2016), featuring Lee Ann Brown, Peter Cole, Mónica de la Torre, Carolyn Forché, Brecht Gander, Brenda Hillman, Ben Lerner, Deborah Luster, Frances Mayes, Jane Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Brenda Shaughnessy, Arthur Sze, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, and Michael Wiegers. With musical performances by Richard Leo Johnson and Toni Hall and a dance performance by Eiko.

C.D. Wright (1949-2016) was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of a judge and a court reporter. She published over a dozen books, including ShallCross (2016); One With Others (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award; Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008); Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems (2007); and Tremble (1996). She also provided the text to two book collaborations with photographer Deborah Luster: One Big Self: An Investigation (2003), which documents Louisiana inmates; and "The Lost Road Project" (1994), a walk-in exhibit of Arkansas. She also published several book-length poems, including the critically acclaimed Deepstep Come Shining(1998). Two most recent books include The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All (2016) and ShallCross (forthcoming, 2016).

Though her work is deeply connected to the Ozarks, Wright spent significant periods in New York and San Francisco before moving in 1983 to Rhode Island, where she taught at Brown University. With her husband, poet Forrest Gander, she founded and ran Lost Roads Press for over 20 years. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert Creeley Award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

“Poetry is a necessity of life,” Wright said. “It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.”

Event Sponsored By: 
Co-sponsored by the 92nd Street Y, the Academy of American Poets, the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center at CUNY, Copper Canyon Press, the New York University Creative Writing Program, and Poetry Society of America
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations
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