Jessica Greenbaum (’79) is a Brooklyn poet whose work many will know from the New Yorker. She has authored the award-winning poetry collection Inventing Difficulty and The Two Yvonnes which was published last year. Described as edgy and narrative, her poems are written in everyday urban language with intelligence and humor. In addition to the New Yorker, her essays and poetry have appeared in the Nation, Poetry, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of upstreet.
Marie Howe worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. Her most recent book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W. W. Norton, 2009) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other collections of poetry include What the Living Do (1998) and The Good Thief (Persea, 1988), which was selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series.
What the Living Do is in many ways an elegy for her brother, John, who died of AIDS in 1989. In 1995, she co-edited the anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (Persea, 1995).
Her other awards include grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Tufts University and Dartmouth College, among others. Currently she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her daughter.
This reading is sponsored by Women Poets at Barnard and is the first in the Writers at Barnard series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.
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