The 2013-2014 Elliston Poet-in-Residence, C.K. Williams, will teach a master class on January 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library.
The class is called “First Drafts and Last Drafts.” In it, Williams plans to read the first drafts of some of his poems, then the final versions, which are often radically different. He’ll speak about the poems and take questions. This event is free and open to the public.
C. K. Williams is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Writers Writing Dying (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012); Wait (2010); and Collected Poems (FSG, 2007). The Singing won the National Book Award in 2003; and his previous book, Repair, was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His collection Flesh and Blood received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Williams has also published a memoir, Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself, in 2000, and has published translations of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. A prose book entitled Williams, On Whitman, was released in 2010 from Princeton University Press. He is also the author of two books of essays: Poetry and Consciousness (1998) and In Time (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Williams was awarded the Twentieth Annual Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, an honor given to an American poet in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment. Among his honors are awards in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Voelcker Career Achievement Award, and fellowships from the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.
The author will also give a poetry reading on January 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library.
Look for recordings of this presentation soon in the digital collection, The Elliston Project: Poetry Readings and Lectures at the University of Cincinnati.
Learn more about Events sponsored by the Elliston Poetry Fund.