KGB Poetry: Dara Wier & David Lehman

December 07, 2009
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dara Wier’s SELECTED POEMS, surveying 9 previous books, was released this fall by Wave Books. Other recent titles include REMNANTS OF HANNAH, REVERSE RAPTURE and HAT ON A POND, all from Wave.  The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Poetry Center Book Award and the AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW have in various ways supported her work.  New work can be found in FOU, BAT CITY REVIEW, THE BLUE LETTER, notnostrums, poetrysky, THE NATION, CIRCUMFERENCE and LIT.  She teaches in the MFA Program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs its Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action.  Along with Guy Pettit and Emily Pettit she edits and publishes for Factory Hollow Press.

David Lehman was born in New York city in 1948. His books of poetry include Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), The Evening Sun (2002), and The Daily Mirror (2000), all from Scribner. Lehman has edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Best American Erotic Poems (Scribner, 2008) and Great American Prose Poems (Scribner 2003), among other collections. He has written six nonfiction books, most recently A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Nextbook, 2009). He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York City since the program’s inception in 1996. He initiated the Best American Poetry Series in 1988. He lives in New York City.