Distinguished Poet in Residence

National Poetry Month at USF features award-winning Poet Li-Young Lee with two public appearances during Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence visit this week.

Poet Li-Young Lee is reading from his work April 1 and will be interviewed with a Q & A session April 3 at two public events in addition to visiting classes and meeting with faculty and students.

Special to USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (April 1, 2014) – National Poetry Month at USF is featuring the visit of USF’s latest Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence, award-winning Poet Li-Young Lee. He will be on campus through April 4, with two public appearances, April 1 and April 3. Both will be held in the Patel Center Auditorium at 6 p.m.

The first program is a poetry reading and the second is an extended interview with a question and answer period.

Lee is the author of “Behind My Eyes; Book of My Nights and “Rose” which was the winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, and “The City in Which I Love You,” a Lamont Poetry Selection, and a memoir, and American Book Award winner, “The Winged Seed: A Remembrance.”

“Lee’s poetry explores the joys and sorrows of family, home, loss, exile, and love,” said Professor Elizabeth Bird, interim chair of the Department of Anthropology and director of the USF Humanities Institute.

Lee has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Prior to his April 1st reading, Lee will present awards in the second annual Humanities Institute Poetry Competition.

According to a recent review of his work, “Lee is not only one of our best contemporary poets of the sacred; he is an authentic mystic … Confounding dichotomy, Lee calls into question the division between beginning/end, birth/death, past/future, man/woman, body/mind. Borders melt; language opens. These poems approach the very edge of the ineffable, that which cannot be articulated.”

Lee will present awards in the annual HI Poetry Competition, which recognizes poets from USF and from area high schools at the opening of the April 1 event.  Humanities Institute Assistant Director will moderate the April 3 interview. 

During his stay, Lee will visit several classes in poetry and creative writing. To hear Lee read and talk about his poem, “This Room & Everything in It,” click here or visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcAeCqCAwpo.