Fall 2018 Lamont Poet
Reading at Assembly Hall
October 10, 2018
Award-winning poet Julia Alvarez has been selected as the fall Lamont Poet. Alvarez will give a reading on Wednesday October 10th at Assembly Hall.
Alvarez is the author of four collections of poetry The Other Side / El Otro Lado (1995), Homecoming (1996), Seven Trees (1998), and The Woman I Kept to Myself (2004); several books including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (winner of the 1991 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award ), In the Time of the Butterflies (1994), Yo! (American Library Association notable book), and Once Upon a Quinceañera (2007); plus numerous essays.
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.