Pulitzer-winning poet opens Chapman series

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVXznlVrvNI]If you want to open a poetry series with a bang, best start with the poet who writes “little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading.”

That’s how the Pulitzer Committee described the work of Rae Armantrout, who won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and opens Tabula Poetica’s Poetry Reading Series at Chapman University on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Armantrout will deliver a talk at 2:30 p.m. in Argyros Forum 201, and a poetry reading at 5 p.m. in the Henley Room of Leatherby Libraries. President Jim Doti will introduce the poet.

Armantrout won the 2010 Pulitzer for Versed, (Wesleyan, 2009). Her work has long been admired and included in numerous anthologies. Armantrout’s visit is the first in Tabula Poetica’s fall semester five-part series, which will include Patty Seyburn, author of Hilarity, Sept. 28; Lynne Thompson, author of Beg No Pardon, Oct. 12; Allison Joseph, author of My Father’s Kites, Nov. 9 and MFA student readings Nov. 30. The visiting poets will all deliver 2:30 p.m. talks in Argyros Forum 201 and readings at 5 p.m. in the Henley Room of Leatherby. The MFA event will be held in the Malloy Performance Portico at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Tabula Poetica’s website or follow it on Facebook.

Dawn Bonker

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