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Poetry Santa Cruz Presents: D. Nurkse and Gary Young

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 7:30pm
D. Nurkse is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently The Rules of Paradise (2001), The Fall (2003), The Border Kingdom (2008), and A Night in Brooklyn (2012). His recent prizes include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A former poet laureate of Brooklyn, he has also written widely on human rights, worked for human rights organizations, and was elected to the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. He has taught workshops at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, at The New School University and Columbia University, and is currently on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared in The Evergreen Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, The Paris Review.

Read a poem by D. Nurkse on the Gwarlingo blog, and a poem on The Pursuit of Harpyness blog.

Gary Young is a poet and artist whose books include Hands, The Dream of A Moral Life, which won the James D. Phelan Award, Days, Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, and No Other Life, which won the William Carlos Williams Award. Even So: New and Selected Poems was recently released from White Pine Press. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He edits the Greenhouse Review Press, and his print work is represented in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Center for the Arts. He teaches at the University of California Santa Cruz, and served during 2010–2011 as Santa Cruz County’s first Poet Laureate.

Read five prose poems by Gary Young on the phren-Z website.

Read an interview with Gary Young on the How a Poem Happens blog.