Butler University’s Visiting Writers Series Hosts Poet Jorie Graham

The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University will host poet Jorie Graham this Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm. This Indianapolis performance art is free and open to the people of Indianapolis.

Graham is the author of several volumes of poetry including Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. You can hear her read her lyrics for free on Butler University’s campus.

Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied film making. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

About her work, James Longenbach wrote in the New York Times: “For 30 years Jorie Graham has engaged the whole human contraption — intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic — rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems. She thinks of the poet not as a recorder but as a constructor of experience. Like Rilke or Yeats, she imagines the hermetic poet as a public figure, someone who addresses the most urgent philosophical and political issues of the time simply by writing poems.”

Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.

Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

Catch this writer as she makes a one night only appearance as part of Butler University’s Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series. Indianapolis arts sees so many rich Indianapolis events, this is sure to stand among the rest as a night of enlightenment and poetry. Bring your Indianapolis kids to one of the largest universities in Indiana, and experience what Indianapolis education has to offer.

For more information about the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series at Butler University, visit the Writer’s Studio website.