Annual Literary Festival
Old Dominion University
October 5-8, 1981
"One of the two or three most important poets of her generation in America," wrote Hayden Carruth about the extremely prolific and talented Diane Wakoski. Author of more than a dozen full-length collections and as many chapbooks, Wakoski is considered one of the most poetically daring writers on the American scene. While she frequently writes about the difficulty of being a woman in an age of changing values, her range encompasses an array of contemporary subject matters and themes. Since 1962, when her first book of poetry appeared, Wakoski has continued to draw her ever-growing readership into the complex world created by her vision.
Wakoski will speak on poetry during Tuesday's student activity hour; that evening she will give a reading of her work. Her appearance on campus is courtesy of ODU's Activities Programming Board. [extracted from 1981 brochure]