On the evening of Monday, 9 November 2009, C. D. Wright read as the 11th Florie Gale Arons Poet at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. The reading took place in Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center of the Newcomb College campus of Tulane University in New Orleans.
C. D. Wright, one of America’s most compelling and idiosyncratic poets, was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She is a radically restless writer, a composer of hybrid works such as Deepstep Come Shining and distilled lyric collections such as Tremble. Every title takes her further inside her subjects and extends the means and measure of her reach. Wright is concerned with a density of language, setting up a chain reaction using the least amount of verbal material.
She has published a dozen collections, most recently, Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008). In 2007 Like Something Flying Backwards, New and Selected Poems was published in England. Her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana was awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize; and a text edition was also released in 2007. Steal Away was on the international shortlist of the Griffin Trust Award. String Light won the 1992 Poetry Center book Award.
Wright is a recipient of a Macarthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, the Robert Creeley Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the Israel J. Kapstein Professor at Brown University and lives outside of Providence with her husband, poet Forrest Gander.
About the Program:
Florie Gale Arons graduated from Newcomb College in 1950. Her daughters established the poetry program in 1999 in honor of her 70th birthday. It continues today in her memory. Mrs. Arons' posthumously published collection, Unspoken Words, is available at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, the Tulane Bookstore, and independent bookstores.
Florie Gale Arons Poets:
C. D. Wright
Carole Simmons Oles
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