Poets @ Pace Spring Reading

The poets Gary Lenhart and Eileen Myles are the spring 2016 readers in the Poets @ Pace series. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place April 11th from 6-8 p.m. in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q & A, book signing, and refreshments. Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Gary Lenhart has published six books of poetry, most recently The World in a Minute, and two prose collections: Another Look and The Stamp of Class: Reflections on Poetry and Social Class. He was editor of the poetry magazines Mag City and Transfer. From the mid-80s through the mid-90s he was Associate Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative in NYC, and he edited The Teachers & Writers Guide to William Carlos Williams and The T & W Guide to Classic American Literature. For the past 24 years he has lived in Vermont and taught at Dartmouth College. Of his most recent book of poetry, Cleopatra Mathis wrote: “Gary Lenhart’s The World in a Minute combines all the best of intellect and heart.” Ron Padgett: “Tender heart, nimble wit, and tough mind radiate throughout Gary Lenhart’s poems of numinous domesticity, poems that are so well made that their craftsmanship is invisible—the ultimate graciousness of art.”

Eileen Myles, poet, novelist, performer, art journalist, and opera librettist, has been called “one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature.” She is the author of nineteen books, including I Must be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls; her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Lambda Book Awards, the Poetry Society of American Shelley Prize, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award, and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. She has toured and performed extensively, including solo performances at the NYC arts center PS 122 and the Dia Foundation. Artistic Director of The Poetry Project in the 1980s, she edited the poetry magazine dodgems, and co-edited the feminist anthology Ladies Museum as well as The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading. She is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the writing program at UC San Diego.

Poets@Pace brings important poets to the Pace NYC Campus each semester and is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Reflect on Black History with the Quotes of the Week

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In Honor of Black History Month, here are some quotes by famous black authors, poets and philosophers.

“But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.”

-Brown Girls Dreaming by  Jacqueline Woodson


“Storytelling, you know, hasa real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone
there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”

Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990


1955536“A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.”

Gwendolyn Brooks

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”

Langston Hughes