TITLE: Poetry of J.D. McClatchy
SPEAKER: J.D. McClatchy
EVENT DATE: 2009/04/02
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 43 minutes
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The Spring Literary Season continued at the Library of Congress with a reading by poet J.D. McClatchy.
Speaker Biography: J.D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review and the recently elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is the author of "Mercury Dressing" (2009). His 2002 collection of poems, "Hazmat," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is an adjunct professor of English at Yale University. McClatchy's books of poetry, in addition to "Mercury Dressing" and "Hazmat," include "Ten Commandments" (1998); "The Rest of the Way" (1992); "Stars Principal" (1986); and "Scenes from Another Life" (1981). He also has published two collections of essays and has edited nearly 20 books. McClatchy has written musical texts, including eight opera libretti that have been performed around the world. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1991 McClatchy won an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy spoke of McClatchy's writing as possessing "an authentic blend of cognitive force and a savage emotional intensity, brilliantly restrained by his care for firm rhetorical control." Of McClatchy himself, the academy said, "It may be that no more eloquent poet will emerge in his American generation."