An Interview with Gerald Stern, Preeminent American Poet; with Judith Vollmer.
About Gerald Stern:
Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of 15 books of poetry, including, most recently, Save the Last Dance (Norton, 2008) and Everything is Burning (Norton, 2005), as well as This Time: New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award. Early Collected: Poems from 1965-1992 was published by W. W. Norton in the spring of 2010, and the paperback of his personal essays titled What I Can’t Bear Losing, was published in the fall of 2009 by Trinity University Press. Stern has a memoir from Trinity University Press, Stealing History, due in 2012, along with a new book of poems from W. W. Norton, In Beauty Bright. He was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is retired from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2012, Gerald Stern was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About Judith Vollmer:
Judith Vollmer‘s fifth book of poetry, The Water Books, was published by Autumn House Press in 2012. Her previous collection, Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press 2004), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Her other books include The Door Open to the Fire, awarded The Cleveland State Poetry Prize in 1997 and finalist honors for the Paterson Prize; Black Butterfly (limited edition), awarded the Center for Book Arts chapbook prize in 1997; and Level Green, awarded the Brittingham Prize (Wisconsin 1990.) Vollmer has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies from the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, the Centrum Foundation, and others. Her essay on Baudelaire, “The Stroll and Preparation for Departure” is included in the Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire (Cambridge University Press 2006). Vollmer teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. She lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM.