Fall 2017Lamont Poet
Reading at Assembly Hall
October 18th, 7:30pm
Phillips Exeter Academy's Class of 1945 Library opens its 2017–2018 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. Jess is the author of Leadbelly (2005), named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review, and Olio (2016), winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
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.