A Symposium on the Work of Gerald Stern; with Ross Gay, Jim Haba, and Alicia Ostriker
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 Ross Gay:
Ross Gay was born in 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio. His books are Against Which (CavanKerry, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Alehouse, among other journals. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. In addition to being a book artist, a basketball coach and an editor with chapbook press Q Avenue, Gay teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and gives readings and workshops in various venues across the country.
About Jim Haba:
Jim Haba has published two chapbooks-”Love Poems” and “Thirty-one Poems”-and edited “The Language of Life,” a collection of poems and interviews that accompanied a PBS series of the same name. From 1986 through 2008 he designed and produced all twelve biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals.
About Alicia Ostriker:
Alicia Ostriker has published twelve volumes of poetry, most recently The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011 and The Book of Seventy (for which she received the 2009 Jewish National Book Award), The Volcano Sequence and No Heaven. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Paris Review, Yale Review, Ontario Review, The Nation, and many other journals and anthologies. Twice a National Book Award finalist, she has also received awards from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Poetry Society of America, the San Francisco Poetry Center, and the Paterson Poetry Center. As a critic, she is the author of Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the bible. Her newest prose work is For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. Ostriker lives in Princeton, NJ, and is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University.