Lehman to speak for Writing Program Reading Series

Poet David Lehman, Ph.D., editor of “The Best American Poetry” series, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for The Writing Program in Arts & Sciences.

The talk — part of The Writing Program Reading Series — is free and open to the public and takes place in Duncker Hall, Room 201, Hurst Lounge. A reception and book signing will immediately follow.

Lehman’s collections of poems include “Poetry Forum: A Play Poem: A Pl’em” (with Judith Hall, 2007), “Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man” (with James Cummins, 2006), “When a Woman Loves a Man” (2005), “The Evening Sun” (2002), “The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry” (2000), “Valentine Place” (1996), “Operation Memory” (1990) and “An Alternative to Speech” (1986).

Lehman launched “The Best American Poetry” series in 1988 and also serves as general editor of the University of Michigan Press’ “Poets on Poetry” series. In 2006, he edited “The Oxford Book of American Poetry” and last year edited a new anthology, “The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present.”

Lehman’s books of criticism include “The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets” (1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library; “The Big Question” (1995); “The Line Forms Here” (1992); and “Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man” (1991). His study of detective novels, “The Perfect Murder” (1989), was nominated for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Born in New York City in 1948, Lehman graduated from Columbia University and attended Cambridge University in England as a Kellett Fellow before earning a doctorate in English from Columbia University. He is associate professor of writing and poetry coordinator for The New School.

For more information, e-mail David Schuman at dschuman@wustl.edu or call 935-7130.