TITLE: Poetry Readings from Jack Gilbert and Miranda Field
SPEAKER: Jack Gilbert, Miranda Field
EVENT DATE: 2006/10/26
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Library of Congress 2006 Literary Season continues with poetry readings from poets Jack Gilbert and Miranda Field.
Speaker Biography: Jack Gilbert's book "Refusing Heaven" (Knopf, 2005) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry last year, and his chapbook, "Tough Heaven: Poems of Pittsburgh," was published in limited edition this year by Pond Road Press. Soon after Gilbert's first book, "Views of Jeopardy" (Yale University Press, 1962) was published, he received a Guggenheim fellowship and moved overseas to live in England, Denmark and Greece. He toured 15 other countries as a lecturer on American literature for the U.S. State Department. His second book, "Monolithos," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize of 1983. The title is Greek for "single stone," a reference to the terrain on the island of Santorini, where he had lived. He is also the author of "The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992."
Speaker Biography: Miranda Field was born and reared in London. Her poems have won the "Discovery"/The Nation Award and a Pushcart Prize. Her debut book "Swallow" won a 2001 Bakeless Prize in poetry. According to the book's publisher, Houghton Mifflin, "'Swallow' swoops and darts, tangling the lines we draw between the wild and the cultivated." Field was a teaching fellow at the 2002 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and lives in New York City with her husband, poet Tom Thompson, and children.