Friday, September 17, 2010

Zwicky and Bringhurst are Eminent Writers in Residence at University of Wyoming

The UW MFA in creative writing is proud to welcome Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst as Eminent Writers in Residence. In addition to consultation with MFA students and presentations across the state, their Wyoming residency will feature public events to which all are invited:

On Monday, September 27, at 5 pm, they will give a poetry reading at the UW Art Museum.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, October 4, 6, and 8, they will give a series of three lectures entitled "Literary Polyphony and Ecological Thought." These lectures will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 pm on each of those three days, in the Classroom Building room 222.

The MFA program would welcome your attendance at any or all of these events.

Jan Zwicky's books of poetry include Wittgenstein Elegies (Brick Books, 1986), The New Room (Coach House Press, 1989), Songs for Relinquishing the Earth (Brick, 1998) which won the Governor General's Award in 1999, Robinson's Crossing (Brick, 2004) which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and Thirty-Seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences (Gaspereau Press, 2005). Her books of philosophy include Lyric Philosophy (UTP, 1992; second edition, Gaspereau, forthcoming), Wisdom & Metaphor (Gaspereau, 2003, 2nd ed, 2008), and Plato as Artist, due out from Gaspereau in the fall of 2009. Her unusual approach to prose philosophical discussion presents design challenges, and Andrew Steeves of Gaspereau Press has twice won awards for his work with her books. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Czech, and Serbo-Croatian.

Robert Bringhurst has published nearly twenty books of poetry over nearly four decades, from The Shipwright's Log (1972) to the recent Selected Poems, issued by Gaspereau Press in 2009. With Haida sculptor Bill Reid, he is also coauthor of The Raven Steals the Light (1984), a work beloved by scholars and schoolchildren alike. The Black Canoe (1992), Bringhurst's study of Reid's sculpture, is a classic of Native American art history. Design schools and publishers throughout the Western Hemisphere rely on his book The Elements of Typographic Style (3rd ed., 2004), which has now been translated into ten languages.