Kimberly Johnson & Carl Phillips

Poets Now and Renaissance Traditions
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7 PM
Sulzberger Parlor

Women Poets at Barnard: Poets Now and Renaissance Traditions

Kimberly JohnsonKimberly Johnson is a poet, translator, and literary critic. Her collections of poetry include Leviathan with a Hook, A Metaphorical God, and the forthcoming Uncommon Prayer. Her monograph on the poetic developments of post-Reformation poetry will be published in 2014. In 2009, Penguin Classics published her translation of Virgil’s Georgics.

Her poetry, translations, and scholarly essays have appeared widely in publications including The New Yorker, Slate, The Iowa Review, Milton Quarterly, and Modern Philology.

Recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Arts Council, and the Mellon Foundation, Johnson holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kimberly Johnson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Carl PhillipsCarl Phillips is the author of numerous books of poetry and a Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  Early on, he was greatly influenced by ancient Greek and Roman writers, especially Thucydides, Cicero, and Tacitus, learning "how forceful syntax can be in conveying nuance" as well as the use of "compression when conveying psychological and emotional crisis." .  Later, while studying with Geoffrey Hill, he discovered English Metaphysical poets such as George Herbert and John Donne.

Phillips' poetry books of , including Silverchest (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), Double Shadow (2012), Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (2007) and Riding Westward (2006).  His poems have also been included in many anthologies including The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (2003), edited by J. D. McClatchy, Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (2002), edited by Helen Vendler, and been chosen eight times for the annual Best American Poetry series. Phillips is also the author of a book of prose, Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry (2004), and the translator of Sophocles’s Philoctetes (2003).  His honors include the 2006 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress.

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Nov. 21, 2013 - 7:00 PM