KGB: Monday Night Poetry - David Lehman, Lawrence Joseph, & Matthew Yeager

November 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002).  Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library.  His newest work, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, will be out on Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Oct. 27, 2015.  He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry.  He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY. 

Lawrence Joseph’s most recent books of poetry are So Where Are We?, Into It, and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (which includes his first three books, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae, and Before Our Eyes), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland, also published by FSG, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series. His poems, essays and criticism have appeared in both national and international magazines and journals, and his work, widely anthologized, has been translated into several languages. Among his awards are the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Shouting at No One, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.  He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, and has also taught in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived since 1983 in lower Manhattan. 

Matthew Yeager’s poems have appeared in Sixthfinch, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, and elsewhere, as well as Best American Poetry 2005 and Best American Poetry 2010.  His short film “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment” was an official selection at eleven film festivals in 2009-2010, picking up three awards. Other distinctions include the Barthelme Prize in short prose and three MacDowell fellowships. His first book, Like That (Forklift Books, 2016). received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.