Monday Night Poetry: Rick Barot + Catherine Barnett + Simeon Berry

October 19, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rick Barot has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, where he directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at PLU.  He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.

Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her most recent collection, The Game of Boxes, received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her other honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has published widely in journals and magazines including the Washington Post, Barrow Street, Shenandoah, Pleiades, the Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, the Hat, and the Massachusetts Review. Barnett is an instructor at New York University and Teachers & Writers Collabrative. As poet-in-residence at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, she teaches writing to young mothers in New York City’s shelter system. She also works as an independent editor and recently collaborated with the composer Richard Einhorn on the libretto for “The Origin,” his multimedia oratorio about the life of Charles Darwin. In addition, she is a member of the Alice James Books Cooperative Board.  Barnett has been the visiting poet at Barnard College and teaches at the New School and New York University.

Simeon Berry has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares, and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.  His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series.  He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.