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Lamont Poetry Series: Lamont Poets

Winter 2021 Lamont Poet

Lamont Poet John Murillo
Reading and Q & A with PEA students
Date TBD
 

Award-winning poet John Murillo will give a reading this winter term as part of the 2020-2021 Lamont Poetry Series. "Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2017, 2019, and 2020.  He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College." (Source: JohnMurillo.com)

English 420 students and other classes will be reading Murillo's poetry in preparation for his virtual visit.  Event details will be posted to our blog as soon as the date and time has been finalized.

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Lamont Poetry Series

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.

Fall 2020 Lamont Poet

Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky
Reading and Q & A with PEA students
October 14th & 15th (virtual)
 
On October 14th & 15th, award-winning Lamont Poet Ilya Kaminsky met with students for a virtual reading and Q&A as part of Phillip Exeter Academy’s 2020-2021 Lamont Poetry Series.

Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic and Dancing In Odessa and co-editor and co-translator of many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva.

His work won The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The National Jewish Book Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, Lannan Fellowship, Academy of American Poets’ Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize, and was also shortlisted for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Neustadt International Literature Prize, and T.S. Eliot Prize (UK).

Deaf Republic was The New York Times’ Notable Book for 2019, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications. In 2019, Kaminsky was selected by BBC as “one of the 12 artists that changed the world.” Currently, he holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.
 
Photo credit: Cybele Knowles