Great American Poems Recap + Summer Writing Workshops

Three years after its original inception, on April 25th we had the pleasure of hosting five local poets for our second Great American Poems event. Each speaker read and spoke on an American poem for our audience. The speakers and poems were as follows:

“You Don’t Know What Love is (an evening with Charles Bukowski)” by Raymond Carver, presented by Martin Figura

“Meditations in an Emergency” by Frank O’Hara, presented by Georgia Hingston

Selected excerpts from “The Angel of History” by Carolyn Forché, presented by Andrea Holland

Selected excerpts by Stephen Rodefer, presented by Jonathan Morley

“The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens, presented by Rebecca Tamás







(Images courtesy of local photographer Nick Bradley)

Attendance was strong (40+ people!) so we had to relocate upstairs to the Vernon Castle room. Audience members were invited to bring their own favorite American poems to share, so some other poets we got to hear included Owen Nash, James Tate and Billy Collins. We hope that Great American Poems will become a biannual event (occurring in the spring and fall), so keep watching this space for updates!

If you’re still craving some writing + literature themed events at the Memorial Library, be sure to sign up for one of our Summer Creative Writing Workshops, run by graduates of UEA’s MA in Creative Writing program. This is a great opportunity to meet other people passionate about creative writing, and to learn different tips and techniques for exploring your creativity. All levels are welcome; all that’s necessary is an interest in writing! Spaces are limited, so make sure you book your place today.



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