"You Are Who I Am Talking To": Bagley Wright Lecture Series at the Poetry Center

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Srikanth Reddy, Rachel Zucker, and Timothy Donnelly read from and talk about their lectures, introduced by Matthew Zapruder.

Since 2013, the Bagley Wright Lecture Series has provided leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics. For the first time, lecturers Dorothea Lasky, Joshua Beckman, Timothy Donnelly, Terrance Hayes, Rachel Zucker, Srikanth Reddy, and BWLS director Matthew Zapruder, will gather to read from their lectures, reflect on this unique process, and talk about what comes next. Visit poetry.arizona.edu/BWLSto learn more about daytime offerings, including panel presentations.

This program is offered at the UA Poetry Center in partnership with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series and the Amazon Literary Partnerships

Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry–Facts for Visitors (2004), and Voyager (2011)–both published by the University of California Press. A book of criticism, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He has received fellowships and awards from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Creative Capital Foundation, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is currently an Associate Professor of English a the University of Chicago.

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, The Pedestrians (Wave Books, 2014), a double collection of poetry and prose and a memoir, MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2014). Zucker's 2009 collection, Museum of Accidents, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Zucker was a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons and teaches at New York University. 

Timothy Donnelly is the author of The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010) and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove Press, 2003). His work has been translated into German and Italian and has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems, Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, and Poet, Poems, Poetry edited by Helen Vendler. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Princeton University, he is a poetry editor for Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014. Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco/Harper Collins in 2017. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books, and directs the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. He lives in Oakland, CA.