A Night in Verse

Join poets John Koethe and Ann Lauterbach for readings, book signings, and refreshments at this semester’s Poets @ Pace.

The celebrated poets John Koethe and Ann Lauterbach will give the fall 2012 reading in the Poets @ Pace series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, November 5 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus. It will include a Q&A session, a book signing, and refreshments.  Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC Campus each semester, is organized by Pace’s Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Of John Koethe’s collection Falling Water, John Ashbery wrote: “One of the profoundest meditations on existence ever formulated by an American poet.” Mark Strand has said of Koethe’s poems: “In them, even the most extreme exertions of consciousness are transformed into the luminous measures of beautiful speech.”  John Koethe is the author of nine books of poetry, mostly recently ROTC Kills, as well as a book of essays on poetics. He spent many years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is at present Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He was the first Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. As a philosopher, he has done notable work on Ludwig Wittgenstein. Among Koethe’s poetry prizes are the Lenore Marshal Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Frank O’Hara Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2011, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Ann Lauterbach has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Or to Begin Again, a book of essays on art and poetics, and collaborations with visual artists. Throughout her career she has been involved with art, and she was Visiting Core Critic (Sculpture) at the Yale School of Art from 2007-2011. At present, she is co-Chair of Writing in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where she is also the Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature. The Harvard Review has called her poems “adventurous, demanding, grave, and elegant.” Charles Bernstein characterized her most recent book as “a culmination of Lauterbach’s worldward journey. Worldward: how a person grounds herself or himself in the world over time like gravity in Simone Weil’s sense. These tunes leak into the air like ink mourning grace.” Lauterbach has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Ingram Merrill, and The John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Foundation, among others.

For more information about Poets @ Pace, please contact Charles North at cnorth@pace.edu.