Film, Video Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2011

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  • Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2011


  • 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 have been awarded.

Event Date

  • April 21, 2011


  • -  Robert Bringhurst is a poet, book designer, typographer, historian and linguist who writes about native issues and typography. His manual "The Elements of Typographic Style" has become one of the most influential texts on typographic design. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • -  Born in the Mojave Desert in Barstow, Calif., Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and spent significant periods in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Ark. before moving to Rhode Island. He holds degrees in both English literature and geology. The author of numerous books of poetry, including "Core Samples from the World," "Eye Against Eye," and "Science & Steepleflower," Gander also writes novels and ("As a Friend") and translates.
  • -  In a career spanning five decades, W.S. Merwin, poet, translator and environmental activist, has become one of the most widely read and imitated poets in America.In July 2010, William Merwin was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress. He lives, writes and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

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  • 1 hours 2 minutes 49 seconds

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