This event celebrates the publication of Poetry in Person: 25 Years of Conversation with America's Poets, a new book on legendary New School poetry teacher Pearl London's classes. Editor Alexander Neubauer is joined by poets Edward Hirsch, Maxine Kumin, Paul Muldoon, Robert Pinsky, Stanley Plumly, and Robert Polito.
Hosted by the New School Writing Program.
Edward Hirsch is a poet and academic who wrote a bestseller about reading poetry. He is the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City.
Maxine Kumin is a poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981-1982.
Paul Muldoon is a post-modern poet. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 - 2004.
At Princeton University he is both the Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. He is also the president of the Poetry Society (U.K.) and Poetry Editor at The New Yorker.
Alexander Neubauer is the author of two previous works of nonfiction, Conversations on Writing Fiction: Interviews with Thirteen Distinguished Teachers of Fiction Writing in America and the acclaimed Nature's Thumbprint: The New Genetics of Personality.
His book reviews and essays have appeared in Time Out New York, Poets & Writers, and other periodicals. For many years he taught fiction writing at the New School in New York City.
Robert Pinsky's first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry's place in the world.
Photo credit: Emma Dodge Hanson
Stanley Plumly is a poet, who is professor of English and director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.
Robert Polito holds a doctorate from Harvard University. He is director of the New School Writing Program and author of Doubles (poems), Savage Art: A Life of Jim Thompson (winner of Natl. Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar), A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover, and At the Titan's Breakfast: Three Essays on Byron's Poetry.
He is co-editor of Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson and editor of Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Polito is therecipient of Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill fellowships, and his poems and essays have been featured in Best American Poetry of 1991, Walk on the Wild Side: American Urban Poetry Since 1975, the New Yorker, and other publications. He is a contributing editor to BOMB, Pequod, and the Boston Review.