Event Announcement: An Exaltation of Poets, February 7th at 4:00 p.m.


Samuel Menashe


Judith Baumel “[she] somehow manages to be a mistress of metaphor, a plain-spoken observer, and a meditative poet at the same time” –Poet Rachel Hadas 

 Gardner McFall  “elegies [that] celebrate lives of common beauty and…do justice to the odd, the wayward, and the broken….a wise and moving book” –Poet Carl Dennis

 Samuel Menashe “each poem reads as if it’s been handblown, filled with an exactly measured dose of Wisdom and then polished 9,000 times” –David Orr, New York Times

 Judith Baumel is Associate Professor of English and was Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She also lectures on modern and contemporary American poetry at Oxford University, UK. A former director of the Poetry Society of America, her poetry, translations and essays have been published in Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, Agni Review, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers (for which she won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets); Now; and The Kangaroo Girl (forthcoming from GenPop Books). 

 Gardner McFall is the author of two books of poems, Russian Tortoise and The Pilot’s Daughter, and the librettist for Amelia, an opera commissioned by Seattle Opera with music by Daron Hagen, set to premiere in May 2010. She has published two children’s books and edited the prose of May Swenson for the University of Michigan Press. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, The Sewanee review, Poet Lore, and Southwest Review. She teaches at Hunter College.

 Samuel Menashe is the first recipient of the Neglected Masters Prize awarded by the Poetry Foundation. He is the author of multiple collections of poetry, published in both the United States and England, including New and Selected Poems (The Library of America, 2005), The Niche Narrows, and No Jerusalem But This. His work has appeared in New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Antioch Review, Proteus, Midstream, Commonweal, Yale Review, and Harper’s. He attended Queens College and received a doctorate d’université from the Sorbonne. He has taught at C. W. Post College and at Bard College. During World War II he served as an infantryman in France, Belgium, and Germany.

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