Poets on Poets Reading

Rae Armantrout reads "To A Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

In this installment, Rae Armantrout reads “To A Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Armantrout is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985), Necromance (1991), Made to Seem (1995), Pretext (2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001).  Her work has helped to shape the Language Poetry movement in contemporary verse.

Adrian Blevins reads "Infant Sorrow" by William Blake

In this installment, Adrian Blevins reads “Infant Sorrow” by William Blake. Blevins’s The Brass Girl Brouhaha (2003) won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1995; 1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Utne Reader, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Ontario Review, Poet Lore, The Drunken Boat, Salon.com, and other magazines and journals. New work is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Rivendell, and Poetry.

Fanny Howe reads "No Coward Soul is Mine" by Emily Brontë

In this installment, Fanny Howe reads “No Coward Soul is Mine” by Emily Brontë. Howe has written many novels and books of poems. They include The Deep North, Selected Poems, Economics, On the Ground, and Gone and Indivisible. She is Professor Emerita of Literature at the University of California, San Diego and the winner of the Lenore Marshall Award and of a Guggenheim. She lives in New England.

Jennifer Grotz reads "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats

In this installment, Jennifer Grotz reads “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats. Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001). Her poems, reviews, and translations appear in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Poetry.

Mary Crockett Hill reads "Little Black Boy" by William Blake

In this installment, Mary Crockett Hill reads “Little Black Boy” by William Blake. Hill is the author of the award-winning book of poems, If You Return Home with Food. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Boston Review, River Styx, Pleiades, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. She is currently working on an anthology of poems by mothers and may be reached at marycrocketthill@yahoo.com.

Michelle Boisseau reads "To Autumn" by John Keats

In this installment, Michelle Boisseau reads “To Autumn” by John Keats. Boisseau was educated at Ohio University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Houston (Ph.D.). Her books of poetry include Trembling Air (University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Understory, winner of the Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press, 1996);and No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990).

Sebastian Matthews reads "I Am" by John Clare

In this installment, Sebastian Matthews reads “I Am” by John Clare. Matthews, a graduate of the University of Michigan's MFA program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir, In My Father's Footsteps, and co-editor, with Stanley Plumly of Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews.

Alan Halsey reads "Song in the Air" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

In this installment, Alan Halsey reads "Song in the Air" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Halsey's books include The Text of Shelley's Death (1995), Wittgenstein's Devil: Selected Writing 1978-98 (2000) and Marginalien (2005). His edition of the later text of Beddoes's Death's Jest-Book was published by West House Books in 2003, and his several essays on Beddoes's life & work have appeared in various journals & pamphlets. Learn more about him here.


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