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Jiggery-Pokery Semicentennial

Jiggery Pokery Book

Poetry. It is 50 years since Atheneum published Anthony Hecht and John Hollander’s Jiggery-Pokery, a compendium of verses known as double dactyls. The double dactyl was the invention of Hecht and Paul Pascal, and is was aptly described on the jacket of Jiggery-Pokery as a devilish amalgam of rhyme, meter, name-dropping and pure nonsense. It […]

Black Sea

David Yezzi’s fourth book of poems considers what it’s like, during times of roiling change, to feel like a stranger on one’s own street and in one’s own country. This uprooting is partly geographic, partly psychic: what was familiar has become as foreign as the fabled Black Sea (the site of the Roman poet Ovid’s […]

The Writing Seminars Presents: A Lecture by Alex Ross – Wagner’s Shadow: Music, Literature, and the Birth of the Modern

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6 p.m., Gilman 50 Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music and has also contributed essays on literature, film, intellectual history, pop music, and gay life. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle […]

Christopher Childers M.F.A. ’16 awarded NEA Literature Translation Fellowship

Chris Childers

Congratulations to Chris Childers, recent M.F.A. in poetry and instructor in The Writing Seminars, for a $12,500 award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the retranslation of Latin and Greek lyric poetry from the 7th century B.C.E. to the 1st century C.E. in one comprehensive anthology. Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry from Archilochus […]

Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner Selected for The Best American Short Stories 2017

Best American Short Stories

The Writing Seminars is proud to announce that professors Danielle Evans and Eric Puchner both have stories appearing in The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited this year by Meg Wolitzer. In addition, a story by Taylor Koekkoek, a recent graduate of the MFA program, was chosen as a “Distinguished Story of 2016.”

The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove―to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife―“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, […]

The Surveyors

The Surveyors

“I’m still alive and now I’m in Bratislava,” says the speaker of one of Salter’s poems, as she travels with her unlikely late-in-life love, a military man. She never expected to be here, to know someone like him, to be parted from her previous life; how did it happen? Time is hurtling, but these poems […]