D.A. Powell

National Book Critics’ Circle poetry finalist to speak at Washington University March 3

Poet D.A. Powell, a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award in poetry, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, as part of Washington University’s Writing Program Spring Reading Series.

D.A. Powell
D.A. Powell

The reading is free and open to the public and takes place in Hurst Lounge, Room 201, Duncker Hall, on the University’s Hilltop Campus. A reception and book signing will follow and copies of Powell’s books will be available for purchase. For more information, call (314) 935-7130.

Powell was nominated by the National Book Critics’ Circle for Cocktails (2004), his harrowing yet disturbingly witty collection of poems born out of the AIDS pandemic and the transformative worlds of the cinema, the cocktail lounge and the Gospels. Winners will be announced March 18 at the organization’s 31st annual awards ceremony in New York.

Powell’s previous collections include Lunch (2000), finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Tea (1998). He also has published poems in Boston Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New American Writing and other journals, as well as in anthologies such as American Poetry: Next Generation and The New Young American Poets.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Poet D.A. Powell

WHAT: Reading from his work

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3

WHERE: Hurst Lounge, Room 201 Duncker Hall

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (314) 935-7130

“Powell recognizes in the contemporary the latest manifestations of a much older tradition: namely, what it is to be human,” noted Carl Phillips, professor of English and African & Afro-American Studies, both in Arts & Sciences, in the citation for Boston Review’s Annual Award in Poetry, which Powell received in 2001. “I admire these poems immensely, for their deftness with craft, their originality of vision, their ability to fuse old and new without devolving to gimmick — and for a dignity as jazzily inventive as it is sheer.”

Additional honors include a Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, Prairie Schooner’s Larry Levis Award in Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Powell currently serves as assistant professor at the University of San Francisco.