“American poetry is like a big house with rooms in it for everyone.” – Lucille Clifton
On Monday Sept. 12, the annual Voices reading series was off to a powerful start with a Lucille Clifton memorial. Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC) was completely filled as two poets that Clifton believed showed pure “clarity, vision, courage and compassion” read their poetry.
On Thursday, April 21, this year’s VOICES Reading Series ended with a poetry reading from Linda Bierds, professor of English at University of Washington and author of First Hand. Bierds read poems from several of her collections and ended with more recent work, sequencing her reading in order to convey “the arc of [her] career.”
On Thursday, March 3, Laura Gray-Street, a visitor to artist house, spoke to St. Mary’s students and faculty with poetry about love, family, and the environment in Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC).
At the second-to-last VOICES lecture of this semester, St. Mary’s own Jeffrey Hammond read from his new memoir Little Big World, a reflection on the “weird American political history” contained in the figurines of fifties toy manufacturer Louis Marx, and the re-exploration of his childhood through the “strange psychology of collecting”.
On the evening of Oct. 28, poets Brian Gilmore and Karl Carter read and discussed their poetry. Despite such similarities as some of their poems being based on their experiences as both practicing lawyers and prolific poets in Washington, D.C., Gilmore and Carter had different styles that nonetheless complemented each other.
On Thursday, Oct. 14 St. Mary’s Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black gave her first ever VOICES reading.
On Thursday, Sept. 23, celebrated memoirist and author Joyce Dyer visited St. Mary’s as the second reader in the VOICES lecture series.