Poetry Jam: Prelude to The Annual Literary Festival
Old Dominion University
April 11,12 1978


Richard Wilbur has published ten volumes of poetry, including Things of This World, The poems of Richard Wilbur, and recently released The Mind Reader. He has authored two translations, an operetta, several plays, children's books, and numerous critical articles. Currently a Professor of English at Smith College and editor of the Wesleyan University Poetry Series, Wilbar has received numerous prizes and awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and the Prix de Rome.
W.D. Snodgrass is currently the Visiting Poet at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Heart's Needle, After Experience, and The Fuhrer Bunker, as well as a pseudonymous book. In addition to these volumes of poetry, Snodgrass has published a collection of critical essays and several translations. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and numberous other awards, including the Guiness Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets fellowship, and the Centennial Medal of the Government of Rumania.
Since 1973, Dave Smith has published three volumes of poetry, Mean Rufus Throw Down, The Fisherman's Whore, and Cumberland Station. His works include numerous stories and critical essays. Editor of the poetry journal The Back Door, Smith is currently Directory of Creative Writing at the University of Utah. He is a native of Virginia.
Poetry Workshop Members: Holly Bond, Donna Curd, Chris Davis, Jane Ellen Glasser, Janice Kennedy, Walter Martin, Michael McLane, Kevin Mulligan, Virginia Porter, Carolyn Rhodes, Ruth Sherman, Lu Steger, Jay Thiemeyer, and Lynda Yates.


Tueday, April 11 (1978)    
11:30 a.m.   Reception
Arts and Letters Building, Room 206
12:30 p.m.
  Richard Wilbur
Poetry Reading
Kaufman Hall Auditorium
2:00 p.m.
  W.D. Snodgrass
Poetry Reading*
First Colonial High School Auditorium
Virginia Beach
8:00 p.m.
  From the Poetry Workshop
Reading of original work by ODU students
Cogan's Instant Art, 1901 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk
Wednesday, April 12 (1978)    
12:00 p.m.
  Dave Smith
Poetry Reading
Education Building Auditorium, Room 232
8:00 p.m.
  From the Poetry Workshop
Reading of original work by ODU students**
ODU Planetarium
45th St., across from ODU Library
    * The Snodgrass reading is held in conjunction with the spring workshop conducted by the Virginia Beach Public School System for its instructors of English in secondary schols. For further information, contact Ms. Mary Barnes, Supervisor, Ms. Helen Wade, 427-xxxx.
    ** The form, content, and poets at the two workshops readings will be different.

Additional Events:

Richard Wilbur will meet with several undergraduate and graduate writing classes on Tuesday afternoon.
An interview with Richard Wilbur and W.D. Snodgrass will be conducted by Walton Beacham in the WTGM studios on Wednesday morning, April 12. Mr. Beacham is the Coordinator of the Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. This interview, arranged by ODU and The New Virginia Association for the Arts, Limited, will be aired on WTGM radio in May. For further information, call Jane Ellen Glasser or Childrey Farber, editors of the New Virginia Review, at 622-xxxx.
Poetry Theater: A collection of video-taped interviews, readings, and records by modern poets will be presented on Tuesday, April 11, at 1:30, and Wednesday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Arts and Letters Building, Room 206. Included are Frost, a tape titled, "Poetic Voice of Black Experience," Roethke, Betjiman, Dickey, Eberhart, Plath, Ginsberg, et al.
On display: In the bookstore, Webb Center, works by Richard Wilbur, W.D. Snodgrass, Dave Smith, and a host of other contemporary poets will be exhibited and available for sale.

Sponsored by the Special Activites Committee, Department of English

Events will take place at ODU, Lake Taylor High School, WTGM, and Cogan's Instant Art.

All events are free and open to the public.

UNews [ODU Weekly Newsletter] Article: "Poetry Jam Set"

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