Everyday Poetry: An evening with Robert Pinsky and Olivia O'Leary
Join us for an evening of poetry with renowned poet-laureate Robert Pinsky reading from his latest work and his published poems. Pinsky has mulled, both on the page and off, over the relationship between American civic and private life. An unabashed patriot, he embodies many of America's more attractive national traits: ingenuity, open-mindedness, a certain stalwart optimism. At a time when all three traits are in short supply in the public domain, Robert,in conversation with Olivia O Leary and illuminating the darker corners, shares his sense of optimism and hope for humanity.
On October 20, 1940, Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011); Gulf Music: Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 2007); Jersey Rain (2000); The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), which received the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee; The Want Bone (1990); History of My Heart (1984); An Explanation of America (1980); and Sadness and Happiness (1975). He is also the author of several prose titles, including Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters (W. W. Norton, 2013); The Life of David (Schocken, 2006); Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry (2002); The Sounds of Poetry (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Poetry and the World (1988); and The Situation of Poetry (1977).
From 1997 to 2000, he served as the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. In 1999, he co-edited Americans’ Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology with Maggie Dietz. Other anthologies he has edited include An Invitation to Poetry (W. W. Norton, 2004); Poems to Read (2002); and Handbook of Heartbreak (1998). Pinsky has taught at both Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. He served as a Chancellor for The Academy of American Poets from 2004 to 2010. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Olivia O’Leary has presented television and radio programmes for both RTÉ and the BBC, including BBC Television’s ‘Newsnight’ and RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’. She does a weekly political column for RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Drivetime’. 2 collections of her radio columns have been published by The O’Brien Press. She currently hosts 'The Poetry Programme' on RTÉ Radio 1.