ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & PROGRAMS (AWP) IN SEATTLE
S236 Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi, Sponsored by Poets House
Ballroom ABC, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter, Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.
FLANNERY O'CONNOR NEH 2014 SUMMER INSTITUTE
GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE UNIVERSITY, MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA
WEEK OF JULY 21, 2014
Brad Gooch’s 2010 Flannery: A Biography of Flannery O’Connor turned up the spotlight on O’Connor when it was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year—not to mention accomplishing the highly unusual feat for an academic tome of being a New York Times bestseller. This study of O’Connor’s life followed an earlier biography of Frank O’Hara, and he is currently at work on a biography of the Persian poet Rumi as well as translations of Rumi’s work. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction publications, these works demonstrate the versatility and broad range of interests Professor Gooch brings to the Summer Institute.
A Professor of English at William Paterson University, Professor Gooch will lead seminars for “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor” that will focus on O’Connor’s relations to community, especially her connections to mysticism and to the New Critics. In addition, he will deliver a public lecture on July 23 entitled, “Flannery and Brad: A Rocky Relationship,” which will draw on his experience of writing an O’Connor biography. During his week at the Institute, he will be available to meet with NEH Summer Scholars to discuss their Institute projects and to offer advice on dealing with archives and publishing archival materials.