The 2011-2012 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents an evening of poetry with Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout and Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman. Both authors will read from their work, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by Houston poet and University of Houston Creative Writing Program faculty member Ange Mlinko, and a book sale and signing, where audience members can meet the poets.
Rae Armantrout, the author of 11 poetry collections and one of the founding members of the West Coast group of “language” poets, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, as well as the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, for her book Versed. The Pulitzer Prize committee describes the collection as “striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind.” Armantrout’s other major collections include Next Life, Veil: New and Selected Poems, and her most recent, Money Shot, which explores how deeply our everyday experiences are embedded in capitalism. Publishers Weekly says of the book, “Armantrout is only getting better: these new poems are among her best, and among the most relevant poems now being written.”
Since 2003, Christian Wiman has been the sometimes controversial editor of Poetry (now celebrating its 100th anniversary), the oldest and most prestigious American poetry magazine. His first collection, The Long Home, received the prestigious Nicholas Roerich Prize, and he has won Ruth Lilly and Wallace Stegner Fellowships. Booklist writes of his second book, Hard Night, “His enticing poems glint with mischievous humor, a keen sensitivity to the weather of landscapes and mindscapes, and a frank fascination with age, death, and the struggle to convince oneself that life has meaning.” Publishers Weekly says of his latest collection, Every Riven Thing, “Grave and thoughtful, careful in its acoustic effects, and at times breathtaking in its achievement, this third set of verse is by far his best.” Wiman is also a noted essayist and critic, and has written a collection of essays critical and autobiographical, Ambition and Survival.