Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, considered to be one of the most esteemed living American poets, will read and discuss his work at two events on Tuesday, Oct. 15, as part of the Tabula Poetica poetry series at Chapman University.
Williams will give a poetry talk at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Chapel of the Fish Interfaith Center. He will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room at Leatherby Libraries.
Williams’ work ranges from political issues such as the Iraq War and social injustice to the topics of aging and writing. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, including Writers Writing Dying (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012); Wait (2010); and Collected Poems (FSG, 2007), which shows the long arc of Williams’ career.
His ninth collection, The Singing won the National Book Award in 2003; and his previous book, Repair, was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His collection Flesh and Blood received the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Williams has also published a memoir, Misgivings: My Mother, My Father, Myself, in 2000. A prose book entitled Williams, On Whitman, was released in 2010 from Princeton University Press. He is also the author of two books of essays: Poetry and Consciousness (1998) and In Time (University of Chicago Press, 2012).