October 16, 2001 New York School Poets John Ashbery and Tony Towle To Read Their Poems

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On Thursday evening, November 8, poets John Ashbery and Tony Towle, representatives of the first and second generations of the New York School respectively, will read their poems at the Library of Congress. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will be at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required.

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, including Your Name Here (2000); Girls on the Run: A Poem (1999); Wakefulness (1998); A Wave (1984), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award; and Some Trees (1956), which was selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Mr. Ashbery was the first English-language poet to win the Grand Prix de Biennales Internationales de Po├ęsie; among his many other honors and awards are the Bollingen Prize, the English Speaking Union Prize, the Feltrinelli Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and two Ingram Merrill Foundation grants. Mr. Ashbery is a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He divides his time between New York City and Hudson, New York.

Tony Towle was born in Manhattan in 1939 and has lived there for the greater part of his life. He is the author of 10 collections of poetry, most recently The History of the Invitation: New and Selected Poems 1963-2000, published by Hanging Loose Press in Brooklyn, New York. Among his other books are Some Musical Episodes: Poetry and Prose (1997) and Autobiography and Other Poems (1977). Mr. Towle has also been closely involved with the New York art world. He held the position of administrative assistant to Tatyana Grosman at her famous print atelier, Universal Limited Art Editions, from 1964 to 1979, and he has written many reviews for the journals Art in America and Arts. Among his many awards and honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.


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