A New Addition!

Find new books, anthologies, journals, chapbooks, and more at the new Bain-Swiggett Poetry Collection when you visit the Department of English. Here’s a sneak peek at the shelves-in-progress:

Claudia Rankine at Princeton this Wednesday, February 10th!


Award-winning poet/critic Claudia Rankine reads from her work on Wednesday, February 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. After the reading, Tracy K. Smith, director of the Program in Creative Writing, will join Claudia Rankine for an onstage conversation. The event, part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Rachel Zucker to deliver Bagley Wright Poetry Lecture on “The Confessional” at Princeton February 3rd!





“What We Talk About When We Talk About The Confessional and What We SHOULD Be Talking About”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Hinds Library, McCosh Hall
Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, The Pedestrians (Wave Books, 2014), a double collection of poetry and prose and a memoir, MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2014). Zucker’s 2009 collection, Museum of Accidents, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Zucker was a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons and teaches at New York University.

About the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry

The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry is a nonprofit that provides leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics, and through financial and logistical support, to arrange for the delivery of several lectures that result from these investigations. Charlie Wright, Publisher of Wave Books, established the BWLS in memory of his late father, the businessman and philanthropist Bagley Wright. The Series is spearheaded by Charlie Wright and Wave Books editor Matthew Zapruder. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions nationwide.

Labyrinth Books to Host a Reading in Honor of C.K. Williams on December 1st at 6 PM along with a reading by Michael Dickman of his book Green Migraine


In honor of C.K. Williams, Michael Dickman, Jeff Dolven, James Richardson, Susan Stewart, Tracy Smith, and Susan Wheeler will each read a poem from Williams’ Selected Later Poems, which appeared in September.


Michael Dickman will also read from his book Green Migraine


“My master plan is happiness,” writes Michael Dickman in his wonderfully strange third book, Green Migraine. Here, imagination and reality swirl in the juxtaposition between beauty and violence in the natural world. Drawing inspiration from the verdant poetry of John Clare, Dickman uses hyper-real, dreamlike images to encapsulate, illustrate, and illuminate how we access internal and external landscapes. The result is nothing short of a fantastic, modern-day fairy tale.
Michael Dickman teaches poetry at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. He is the author of The End of the West and Flies, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Tuesday, December 1st, 6 PM
Free and open to the public
Labyrinth Books
122 Nassau Street
Princeton  NJ 08542

Poet Dorianne Laux to read at Princeton’s Berlind Theater on November 18th

UnknownAcclaimed poet Dorianne Laux will read from her work on Wednesday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Laux, best known for her poetry book The Book of Men, has had poems included in The Best American Poetry in 1999, 2006 and 2013. The event, part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, is free and open to the public.



Marie Howe to deliver the 2015-16 Holmes Lecture at Princeton this Tuesday, October 27th

Marie Howe portrait

Marie Howe is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State and an award-winning author of three volumes of poetry. Her most recent book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other titles include What the Living Do (1997), which was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the five best poetry collections of the year, and The Good Thief (1988), selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series. Howe also co-edited (with Michael Klein) the essay anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994).

Having earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1983, Howe was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1988, with Kunitz referring to her poetry as “luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life.” She was a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and the Fine Arts Work Center, and she has also been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Howe teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and New York University.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:30 PM

James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.

This event, the 2015-16 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture presented by the Program in Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.

Matthew Rohrer and Morgan Parker Reading on Thursday, October 22nd!

Next Thursday, two of Brooklyn’s most exciting young poets will be visiting Princeton’s English Department for a reading of their work.

Please join us for the reading in McCosh room 40 at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 22nd (reception to follow in the Thorp Library).

The event, sponsored by Princeton’s Contemporary Poetry Colloquium, is free and open to the public.


MATTHEW ROHRER is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and much loved books of poetry, including A Hummock in the Malookas (selected by Mary Oliver for the National Poetry Series), Satellite, A Green Light (Short listed for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize), Rise Up, They All Seemed Asleep, A Plate of Chicken, Destroyer and Preserver, Surrounded by Friends (published just this year by Wave Books), as well as a collaborative works, Nice Hat, Thanks, and Gentle Reader! (an erasure of Romantic era texts).

Rohrer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and has published work in The New Young American Poets: An Anthology (2000), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006). He teaches in the Creative Writing program at New York University. (selected from poets.org).



MORGAN PARKER is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful things than Beyonce, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books). She has done editorial work for Apogee JournalNo, Dear Magazine, and The Atlas Review Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Editor for Amazon Publishing’s imprint Little A, and moonlights as poetry editor of The Offing. She also teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With poet and performer Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius. (bio from http://www.morgan-parker.com/about/).

Poet Srikanth Reddy is coming to Princeton on October 5th!

Poet Srikanth Reddy reads from and discusses his work during a Bagley Wright Lecture Series event hosted by the Poetry and Literature Center, September 10, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Poet Srikanth Reddy reads from and discusses his work during a Bagley Wright Lecture Series event hosted by the Poetry and Literature Center, September 10, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller. From http://bagleywrightlectures.org


Poet Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy, author of Facts for Visitors: Poems, and Voyager, and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the English department and the Program in Poetry and Poetics will be lecturing at Princeton on Monday, October 5th, 4:30 PM, in a very exciting event sponsored by the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Srikanth Reddy

“The Unfinished”– A Lecture About Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Brueghel’s “The Fall of Icarus”

Monday, October 5, 2015

4:30 PM

Hinds Library, McCosh Hall

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Exhibition of Student Work from “Drawing and the Line in Literature and the Visual Arts” with Susan Stewart and Eve Aschheim



Students will present work from Susan Stewart and Eve Aschheim’s graduate course “Drawing and the Line in Literature and the Visual Arts,” taught this semester in Princeton’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM). For more information about this exciting course, which has explored the meaning and creation of the line in poetry and the visual arts, please follow this link.

Exhibition On View April 30th — May 21st, 2015

at Guggenheim Gallery, Whitman College, Princeton University

Reception and Poetry Reading: Tuesday, May 5th, 3:00-4:30 PM