Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Featured

During her visit to USF, renowned poet Jorie Graham will present a poetry reading and discuss the importance of the craft.


Special to USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2013) – The University of South Florida Humanities Institute welcomes the second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for the first week of April – Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Jorie Graham.


Graham will lead off the institute’s month-long celebration of National Poetry Month – NPM@USF.


Described by the U.S. Poetry Foundation as “perhaps the most celebrated poet of the American post-war generation,” Graham is the Boylston Professor of Poetry at Harvard. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, including the new and critically-acclaimed “PLACE (2012),” for which she was awarded the prestigious British 2012 Forward Prize, the first American woman to be so honored.


Arriving April 1, Graham will visit classes, conduct graduate workshops, and present a lecture and a public reading. At her reading on April 2, Graham will present awards to the winners of the Humanities Institute’s "Florida 2013" poetry competition, in which High School and USF poets will be recognized.


“This is HI’s first NPM Poetry competition, and we were excited to receive over 100 entries,” said Humanities Institute Director Elizabeth Bird, who is professor of anthropology and interim department chair.


Highlights of Graham’s visit will be her two public events, both free and open to the public.


First, at 6 p.m. April 2, a poetry reading (and award presentation) will be held at the Patel Center for Global Solutions, followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and book signing.


The second event, at 6 p.m. on April 4, will address the question “Why Poetry Matters” in dialog with poet and Humanities Institute Assistant Director Liz Kicak, at the Marshall Student Center (MSC) 2708. A reception will follow.


A special feature of the April 2 event will be an exhibit of the art work, “Artists book,” which was created at USF by Jorie Graham’s mother, the artist Beverly Pepper, in collaboration with her daughter. As described by USF Graphicstudio, “This sixteen foot long hand-colored photogravure richly enfolds the stanzas of Jorie Graham's elegiac poem ‘In the Pasture’ into a bound book that is in turn secreted in the belly of a bronze sculpture. Reminiscent of Neolithic monuments, the bronze's deep relief and earth colors recall the furrows and clods of worked soil.”


This exhibit is made possible by USF GraphicStudio; full information about the piece is available at: http://www.graphicstudio.usf.edu/GS/artists/pepper_beverly_graham/pepper.html


For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak at (813) 974-3657 or ekicak@usf.edu.