Fall 2016 Lamont Poet
Reading at Assembly Hall
November 2nd 7:30-8:30pm
Award-winning poet Gail Mazur is the Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square, Distinguished Senior Writer in Residence in Emerson College’s graduate program and has served for many years on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In addition, Mazur is a Contributing Editor to Agni and an Advisory Editor to Ploughshares.
Gail Mazur is the author of (1978); (1986), (1995); (2001), finalist for the National Book Award; (2005), winner of The Massachusetts Book Prize and finalist for the Book Prize as well as the Paterson Poetry Prize; (2011); and (2016). Her poems have been widely anthologized, including in several Pushcart Prize anthologies, the Best American Poetry series, and Robert Pinsky’s . A graduate of Smith College, as well as Lesley College (now Lesley University), Mazur has received the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award, as well as grants from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Lamont Fund, established in 1982 by Corliss Lamont, Class of 1920, and Jacquelyn Thomas, former Academy Librarian, supports the Academy Library's Lamont Poetry Series. Two poets are invited each year to give readings of their poetry and to attend English classes.
The first Lamont Poet, on April 27, 1983, was Jorge Luis Borges. He has been followed by more than 50 others, ranging from Denise Levertov and Seamus Heaney to Yusef Komunyakaa and C.K. Williams.
Each visiting poet is photographed and asked to present the library with a manuscript poem. These are then framed and hung in the Special Collections department on the fourth floor of the library. A selection of portraits and manuscripts can also be viewed in the Lamont Poets online exhibit.