--Gerald Stern is the Latest to Appear in a Series That Regularly Presents Award-Winning Poets and Authors to the Queens Community--
FLUSHING, NY, March 4, 2011— Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “a very brilliant [and] moving poet,” and by The Southern Review as “a multicultural Whitman for the millennium—the U.S.’s one and only truly global poet,” Gerald Stern will read from his work at Queens College in Flushing on Wednesday March 16. The event is free and open to the public.
Stern’s reading is part of the successful New Salon in Queens established in February 2009, a partnership between the Poetry Society of America (PSA)—the nation’s oldest poetry organization—and Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. Robert Casper, PSA programs director and publisher of the literary journal jubilat, will interview Stern following his reading, which takes place at 6:30 pm in the Benjamin Rosenthal Library auditorium, Room 230.
Gerald Stern’s work is influenced by his experience growing up in the United States as the son of Eastern European immigrants. His work reflects the blending of his dual heritages, creating “a uniquely detailed central figure or speaker,” and rendering his America with “biblical intensity and a Judaic sense of time and loss.” Among Stern’s many books are Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992; Save the Last Dance: Poems; Everything Is Burning; American Sonnets; Last Blue: Poems; This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award; Odd Mercy; and Bread Without Sugar, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize.
Stern’s honors include the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hoskin Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006. Having taught for many years at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Stern now lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
The New Salon in Queens was inspired by the intimate literary exchanges of 17th century Paris, where noted intellectuals and arts patrons would open the drawing rooms (salons) of their apartments to artists, writers and others as intimate gathering places to discuss books, fashion, politics and business and to encourage support of the arts. An outer-borough extension of a popular Manhattan program, the QC-PSA series brings nationally recognized poets to the college, where they read from their work and engage in lively discussion. The event concludes with a reception, and Stern’s books will be available for purchase that evening.
The Rosenthal Library auditorium is accessible from the main entrance of the library (on the 3rd floor). Just after the main entrance, take the stairs to the right of the doors to the Louis Armstrong Archives. For directions to campus, see http://qc.cuny.edu/?id=9KTF. For a campus map, visit http://qc.cuny.edu/?id=R6H1 .
The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, introduced in fall 2007, offers a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty include novelist John Weir, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers prize in poetry; playwright Richard Schotter, Obie award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award in poetry; Nicole Cooley, who directs the MFA program, winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. Author Jayanti Tamm is this year’s visiting professor in the program. For more information. visit www.qc.cuny.edu/Creative_Writing.
The Poetry Society of America was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the PSA works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. Alice Quinn, former longtime poetry editor of The New Yorker, is executive director of the PSA. Learn more at http://www.poetrysociety.org/.