Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Hass Reads at Bryn Mawr College on Feb. 6

Posted January 14th, 2014 at 2:19 pm.

Photo Credit: Margaretta K. Mitchell

Photo Credit: Margaretta K. Mitchell

The 2013-14 season of the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series continues in the New Year with award-winning poet, translator and essayist Robert Hass. Hass is the author of eight books of poetry, including Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and has twice won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Writing in The New York Times Book Review, poet Michael Hofmann said, “It has always been Mr. Hass’s aim to get the whole man, head and heart and hands and every­thing else, into his poetry.” Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997.

Hass will read from his work on Thursday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. in The Music Room, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College. All readings are free and open to the public.

Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Director Karl Kirchwey notes, “Robert Hass is one of this country’s most wide-ranging and intelligent poet-essayists. Literature, politics, history, nature and the environment are all part of a synoptic view, for him, that extends far beyond his native California. Conversational and reflective, his poems and essays allow for the interdependence between insights into the self and insights into the world beyond the self. He is also a distinguished translator of the work of Polish Nobel Laureate poet Czeslaw Milosz, and his visit to Bryn Mawr College is a major literary event for our community.”

Goodhart Hall at Bryn Mawr College is located at 150 N. Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Readings are followed by book signings and sales. Books from each series guest are also available for purchase through the College book store. For more information, call 610-526-5210.

The Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series continues its 2013/14 season with:

  • Kevin Young, Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room
  • Francine Prose, Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Great Hall
  • Chang-Rae Lee, Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room

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United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997)
National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Environmentalist and Teacher

Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. Hass translated many of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Miłosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas Tranströmer, The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, and Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life. He was the guest editor of the 2001 edition of Best American Poetry. His essay collection Now & Then, which includes his Washington Post articles, was published in April 2007. As U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-1997), his deep commitment to environmental issues led him to found River of Words (ROW), an organization that promotes environmental and arts education in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Robert Hass was chosen as Educator of the Year by the North American Association on Environmental Education and, in 2005, elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His collection of poems entitled Time and Materials won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent volume of poetry is The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. His recently published book of essays, What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, is the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics’ Circle Award (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Robert Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.


In the almost thirty years since presenting its inaugural readings by Etheridge Knight and Toby Olson in the spring of 1985, the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series has brought major American and international writers in all literary genres to engage with students and the Philadelphia area community. Series guests visit Creative Writing Program workshops and present free public readings from their work.

The series has featured Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, Louise Gluck, Anthony Hecht, Edward P. Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Paula Vogel, Richard Wilbur, August Wilson, and Charles Wright; former Poet Laureates of the United States Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, and Charles Simic; National Book Award winners Frank Bidart, Lucille Clifton, E.L. Doctorow, Terrance Hayes, Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Matthiessen, Alice McDermott, and Jean Valentine; Obie and Tony Award winner John Guare; and other esteemed authors and translators such as Lydia Davis, Umberto Eco, Robert Fagles, Ian McEwan, Rick Moody, and Zadie Smith, among others. Bryn Mawr College Visiting Distinguished Writers Karen Russell (2011-2012) and Robin Black (2012-2013) are among the fiction writers presented as part of the Series. Other special events in the series have included a Tribute to Bryn Mawr alumna Marianne Moore, a program exploring connections between poetry and the visual arts, a recital of Beowulf by renowned performer Benjamin Bagby, a round-table discussion of the state of the short story in America, featuring four 2011 New Yorker “20 Under 40” honorees, and a public reading of John Milton’s verse drama Samson Agonistes by actors and poets including Claire Bloom, John Hollander, John Neville, Rosanna Warren, and others.

The Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Jane Flanders Fund, the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry, and the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld ’69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld ’69. Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.

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