Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fenwick Library, 1014B
Don Bogen is the author of five books of poems—including Immediate Song, Luster, and An Algebra—along with a critical book on Theodore Roethke and a translation of selected poems by the contemporary Spanish poet Julio Martínez Mesanza. Nathaniel Ropes Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, he serves as editor-at-large of the Cincinnati Review and divides his time between Cincinnati and Martinez, California. IMMEDIATE SONG is a collection about time—about memory, and remembrance, and how the past makes itself manifest in the world. A desk, a mailbox, a house delivering its own autobiography: in these poems, objects hold history, even if they’ve grown obsolescent, even when they’ve been forgotten.
Awards for Bogen's work include The Writer / Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and residencies at Yaddo, the Camargo Foundation, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute. He has held Fulbright positions in Spain and at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry of Queen's University, Belfast and served as visiting poet in residence at the University of California, Irvine and visiting scholar at the University of Bordeaux.