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Louise Glück

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Esther Freier Endowed Lecture in Literature Series

Wednesday March 4, 2009   7:30 pm
Coffman Union Theater

Parking: See map.
Admission: Free and open to the University of Minnesota community and the general public. No advanced tickets necessary.

The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Mississippi Room, third floor of Coffman Union.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück will read and talk about her work, including poems from her forthcoming fall 2009 collection A Village Life (FSG). Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Her most recent poetry collection, Averno (2006) reinvigorates the story of Persephone. The New Yorker enthused: “Few poets can shoulder the weight of myth the way Glück does. . . . Never overwrought, the poems brilliantly display a poet’s insight, a mother’s warmth, and a mortal’s empathy.”

Beyond her 11 books of poetry, she has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. In 2008, Glück was selected to receive the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry. Other honors she has received: the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Critic Helen Vendler wrote of Glück: "Her poems, published in a series of memorable books over the last twenty years, have achieved the unusual distinction of being neither 'confessional' nor 'intellectual' in the usual senses of those words." Glück is an original, and the Esther Freier Endowment is pleased to add her to the exemplary list of Freier speakers.

For more information, visit the Esther Freier Endowed Lectures in Literature section of this site or call 612-625-3363.


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