Distinguished poet Gregerson to visit on Jan. 20

Linda Gregerson, a 2007 National Book Award finalist and a recent Guggenheim Fellow, will give a reading  at Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Merwin Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.

Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature.

“Gregerson’s rich aesthetic allows her best poems to resonate metaphysically,” The New Yorker wrote. Poems of hers have appeared in The Best American Poetry as well as in Poetry, Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. Among her many honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.

In her new volume, Magnetic North, Gregerson makes clearer than ever her passionate premise that the metaphysical only and always derives from our profound embeddedness in physical reality. Read “Spring Snow” from Magnetic North; “Waterborne” from Waterborne (2002); “Target” from The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996); “Maudlin; Or, The Magdalen’s Tears” from Fire in the Conservatory (1982).

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