Phillips Exeter Academy opens its 2021-2022 Lamont Poetry Series on Wednesday, October 20th with a reading by award-winning poet Maurice Manning.
Manning is the author of seven poetry collections Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (2001), selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, A Companion for Owls (2004); Bucolics (2007), The Common Man (2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, (2016); The Gone and the Going Away (2013), and Railsplitter (2019).
A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Guggenheim Foundation, Manning teaches at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems and essays have appeared in various magazines and journals, including TIME, The Sewanee Review, Commonweal, and The New Yorker. (Sources: Copper Canyon Press and Poetry Foundation).
The reading will be held at 7:30pm in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is open to members of the PEA Community.
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.
The Lamont Fund also support the Lamont Younger Poets program. See our Lamont Younger Poets page for more information.