Poet Forrest Gander Reads from 'Be With'

Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Fenwick Library, Fenwick Reading Room, on the Second Floor of Fenwick Library

The Mason Creative Writing program, in collaboration with the Allen Cheuse International Writers Center, is proud to present Forrest Gander, reading from his latest poetry collection, Be With, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Awards.

Before the reading, at 6:00 p.m., Forrest Gander and Patricio Ferrari will discuss and read from their translation of Alejandra Pizarnik’s The Galloping Hour, a collection of Pizarnik’s French poetry, recently published by New Directions.

Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up, for the most part, in Virginia. Trenchant periods of his life were spent in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With degrees in both geology and English literature, Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, translation, fiction, and essays. He’s the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A U.S. Artists Rockefeller fellow, Gander has been recipient of grants from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, Witter Bynner and Whiting foundations. His 2011 collection Core Samples from the World was an NBCC and Pulitzer Prize finalist for poetry.