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Date:
June 2, 2019
Time:
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location:
Auditorium
Address:
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Contact:
425-257-7640
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Yes
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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Rae Armantrout

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout reads from her latest collection "Wobble"

Armantrout’s Wobble, nominated for the National Book Award this year, playfully and forcefully evokes the devastation of a chaotic, unstoppable, consumer culture. Traditional nature (or pastoral) poetry celebrated the beauty of particular landscapes, flora, or fauna. And it’s important to remember what we stand to lose. But we’ve come to realize that saving select samples of the natural world isn’t enough. We also need to recognize the forces arrayed against maintaining a viable biosphere. There is a place in contemporary nature poetry for grief and anger as well as celebration. Poet Rae Armantrout will read and discuss examples of these approaches in her new book Wobble.

 Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Born in Vallejo, California, Armantrout earned her BA at the University of California, Berkeley—where she studied with Denise Levertov—and she earned her MA at San Francisco State University.

In addition to Wobble, she has published numerous other books of poetry, including  Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015); and Versed (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. She is a professor emerita at University of California, San Diego, where she taught for more than 20 years and was the longtime director of the New Writing Series. She lives in Everett, Washington.

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