Award-winning poet Alice Notley will share her poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.
For more than 40 years, Notley has been a major groundbreaking voice in American poetry. She has published over 30 books of poetry, including her most recent works “Culture of One” and “Songs and Stories of the Ghouls.” With her sons Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, she edited the works of her late husband, “The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan” and “The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan.”
Notley has been recognized with many prizes and awards including the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, the Griffin Prize, two NEA Grants, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Notley received her bachelor’s degree from from Barnard College in 1967, and earned an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1969. She currently lives and writes in Paris.
According to Joel Brouwer in the New York Times, the “radical freshness” of Notley’s poems “stems not from what they talk about, but how they talk, in a stream-of-consciousness style that both describes and dramatizes the movement of the poet’s restless mind, leaping associatively from one idea or sound to the next without any irritable reaching after reason or plot.”
Notley is coming to Coe to give this year’s Paul Engle Poetry Reading, in honor of the late Paul Engle, Cedar Rapids native, Coe College graduate and longtime director of the famed Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
For more information, visit coe.edu or call 399-8581.