River of Words (ROW) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, creative expression and community awareness of our most critical environmental concern: water. River of Words was co-founded by U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997) Robert Hass and writer Pamela Michael to help young people make a personal and lasting connection to the environment.
W.S. Merwin, the newly-announced 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an undisputed master who has won nearly every major literary award, opens the Library's 2010-2011 literary season with a reading of his poetry.
Rita Dove reads her poems and discusses their sources with a small group of students. The poems are selected from Thomas and Beulah (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1986) which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and from her earlier books: The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983), and a book of short stories: Fifth Sunday (University Press of Virginia, 1985).
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin chose two seasoned voices in poetry, Forrest Gander and Robert Bringhurst, to receive the 2011 Witter Bynner Fellowships, and introduced the poets at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. Gander and Bringhurst each received a $7,500 fellowship, provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. This is the 14th year the fellowships ...
Lucille Clifton won the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry for her book Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2000). She has written 10 collections of poetry and 19 children's books.
U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic introduced Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Jorie Graham and James Tate, who read from their works. Graham's latest book is the widely acclaimed "Overlord: Poems" and Tate's latest collection is "Return to the City of White Donkeys." Both poets are unusual in their approach to poetry--Graham for her loquacious lines and artistic investigation of topical themes and Tate for his surreal ...
Lucia Perillo, winner of the 2010 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, reads from her book "Inseminating the Elephant," at the awards ceremony. The 2010 prize, the 11th to be given, is awarded for the most distinguished book of poetry published in the preceding two years, 2008 and 2009. "Inseminating the Elephant" was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009.