Film, Video Life of a Poet: Rae Armantrout

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  • Life of a Poet: Rae Armantrout


  • Ron Charles had an in-depth discussion with poet Rae Armantrout about her career and explored the major events that have shaped her work. Readings from her work were interspersed throughout the conversation.

Event Date

  • November 29, 2017


  • -  Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California in 1947 and grew up in San Diego. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley where she studied with Denise Levertov and a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She has published numerous books of poetry, including "Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2015," "Itself; Versed," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010, "Next Life," selected by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007, "Up to Speed," a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Poetry, "Veil: New and Selected Poems," also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award, "Made To Seem" and "The Invention of Hunger." Armantrout's poetry has been widely anthologized, and she is also the author of a memoir, "True."
  • -  Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World section. For several years, he also edited The Post's "Poet's Choice" column in Book World. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010.

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  • 1 hours 2 minutes 32 seconds

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