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In Memoriam: Galway Kinnell

by Phillip Witteveen November 7, 2014
On the Poetry of Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell—Pulitzer winning poet, essayist and teacher—died October 28, 2014 at age 87. He was a big, square-jawed guy, the kind it seemed you could blunt iron against; he wrote with the soul of a river, or a son of Abraham. He did all this at a time of emergent New Criticism (after the advent and aftermath of Pound and Eliot’s Modernism), but didn’t seem too bothered with theories in vogue at the time, according, as they were, to the sorting algorithm of popular culture. He was more into the timeless stuff, or maybe better put, the stuff of timelessness. […]

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Ruby Cohn, renowned theater and Beckett scholar and UM Press author, dies at 89

by University of Michigan Press October 25, 2011

Ruby Cohn, renowned theater scholar and specialist on the work of Samuel Beckett, died in Oakland, California on October 18 at the age of 89. Cohn was the author of many influential books, including A Beckett Canon, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2001. The obituary below is excerpted from a longer version by her former student Elin Diamond, Professor of English at Rutgers University. See the New York Times obit here. Ruby Cohn was Professor of Comparative Drama at the University of California, Davis where, for thirty years, she was a member of the Comparative Literature, Theater, […]

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Komunyakaa Receives Major Poetry Award

by Trade Marketing September 16, 2011

Recognized for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry, Blue Notes author Yusef Komunyakaa has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award from The Academy of American Poets. Chosen by The Academy’s Board of Chancellors, a body of fifteen eminent poets, Komunyakaa will receive a stipend of $100,000 and be honored at the fifth annual Poets Forum, October 20-22, in New York City. He will read from his work at the Poets Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Featured as a part of the University of Michigan Press […]

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‘So Much Depends’: ‘Hog Butchers’ Author John Marsh On the Emergence of Modern American Poetry

by Shaun Manning August 29, 2011

John Marsh is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State University and the author of Hog Butchers, Begars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, available this month from University of Michigan Press.     Let’s start with a quiz.  Fill in the blank:         so much depends upon                                         glazed with rain water beside the white chickens If you guessed “a red wheel / barrow,” congratulations, that class you took, that anthology on your shelf, or that Ph.D. you earned has not gone completely to waste.  Then again, William Carlos Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow,” […]

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‘Elly Peterson’ author celebrates 40 years of the National Women’s Political Caucus

by University of Michigan Press August 11, 2011

Sara Fitzgerald is a former Washington Post reporter and author of Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates, a biography of one of the leading ladies in the Republican Party, who set the stage for a new generation of women in politics. She was a panelist recently at the 40th anniversary gathering of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Forty years ago this summer, 300 women gathered at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Washington to found the National Women’s Political Caucus. In her memoir Getting Better All the Time, Liz Carpenter recalled, “It was a day that changed my life.” If she […]

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