Poet Robert Creeley To Read At UMD

DARTMOUTH, MA. Poet and Massachusetts native Robert Creeley will be reading selections of his work on the evening of Thursday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth library browsing area. The reading is free and open to the public. Parking is available in lot 13.

DARTMOUTH, MA. – Poet and Massachusetts native Robert Creeley will be reading selections of his work on the evening of Thursday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth library browsing area. The reading is free and open to the public. Parking is available in lot 13. 

Currently a professor at Brown University, Creeley has taught for over 40 years at such seminal institutions as Black Mountain College in North Carolina and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His work in poetry and language has been recognized by such renowned organizations as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and prestigious universities around the world. More importantly, his work has been widely read by fellow poets, students, and lovers of poetry for over half a century. 

Creeley was editor of Divers Press in the early 1950s while living in Mallorca, Spain, and introduced to American poetry by such writers as Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and Paul Blackburn. After returning from Spain, he worked with Olson at Black Mountain College and edited the groundbreaking Black Mountain Review. At that time, Creeley was involved in correspondence with the American poets who were responsible for “making it new” which was the challenge for American poetry set forth by Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. 

“Creeley was engaged in the “making new” of American poetry while at the experimental Black Mountain College with Charles Olson and Robert Duncan. He has remained an influential force since his active participation in the great coming together of Berkeley and San Francisco Renaissance writers and artists with their counterparts from the East Coast ‘Beat’ and New York School constituencies,” said poet and UMD teacher John Landry, a long time acquaintance of Mr. Creeley. “He, along with Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, and Allen Ginsberg were parents and teachers to my generation just like Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams were parents and teachers to them,” added Landry. 

Mr. Creeley has published over 60 volumes of works including poetry, short stories, novels and essays. His most recent volume, If I Were Writing This, was published in 2003 by New Directions, and follows his 1998 volume Life & Death. His influential 1962 volume For Love established him as a vital figure in the American and International poetry scene. 

The UMD English Department, the Women’s Studies Department, and the University Honors Program sponsor his on-campus reading. 

The sounds echo in the quiet morning— 
such faint edges of place, things, not yet quite seen. 
But one knows the familiar presences. 

The world will be as one left it, 
still there, to reappear again perhaps 
where it always is. 
- Robert Creeley, “Thinking (for Alex)” 
from If I Were Writing This, (2003) 


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