Saturday, October 20, 2007
(Somerville, Mass.) Somerville's Ibbetson Street Press http://ibbetsonpress.com will be awarding former U.S. poet/laureate Robert Pinsky the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award at the SomervilleNews Writers Festival, http://somervillenewswriterfestival.com Nov. 11, 2007 7PM at the Dilboy VFW Hall ( 371 Summer St.) Davis Square, Somerville. The award, like the festival, is in its fifth year. It is awarded to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the poetry and or the small or alternative press world. Former recipients of the award have been Robert K. Johnson ( poet and retired Suffolk University professor), Louisa Solano ( former owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop), Jack Powers ( founder of Stone Soup Poets), and David Godine ( founder of Davide Godine publishing). Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or by calling 617-666-4010.
Somerville, Mass. Robert Pinsky will be awarded the fifth annual Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award at the Somerville News Writers Festival Nov. 11, 2007 at 7PM. ( Dilboy VFW Hall 371 Summer St. Davis Sq. Somerville) http://somervillenewswritersfestival.com Pinsky is the former Poet/Laureate of the United States.
Former recipients have been Robert K. Johnson ( retired Suffolk University Professor), Louisa Solano ( former owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop), Jack Powers ( founder of Stone Soup Poets), and David Godine ( founder of David Godine Publishing, Inc.) The Ibbetson Street Press is a small press located in Somerville, Mass. http://ibbetsonpress.com To get tickets to the Festival call 617-666-4010 or purchase at the door.
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Robert Pinsky was born on October 20, 1940 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in creative writing, and studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters.
He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Gulf Music: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 2007); Jersey Rain (2000); The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), which received the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee; The Want Bone (1990); History of My Heart (1984); An Explanation of America (1980); and Sadness and Happiness (1975).
He is also the author of several prose titles, including The Life of David (Schocken, 2006); Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry (2002); The Sounds of Poetry (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Poetry and the World (1988); and The Situation of Poetry(1977). In 1985 he also released a computerized novel, Mindwheel.
Pinsky has published two acclaimed works of traslation: The Inferno of Dante (1994), which was a Book-of-the-Month-Club Editor's Choice, and received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award; and The Separate Notebooks by Czeslaw Milosz (with Renata Gorczynski and Robert Hass).
About his work, the poet Louise Glück has said, "Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence, a taste for tasks and assignments to which he devises ingenious solutions."
From 1997 to 2000, he served as the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. During that time, he founded the Favorite Poem Project, a program dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives.
In 1999, he co-edited Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology with Maggie Dietz. Other anthologies he has edited include An Invitation to Poetry (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004); Poems to Read (2002); and Handbook of Heartbreak (1998).
His honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, Poetry Magazine's Oscar Blumenthal prize, the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is currently poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate.
Pinsky has taught at both Wellesley College and the University