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Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday, July 27 - Poet Rae Armantrout

Monday at noon I feature another recording of a reading organized earlier this year as part of Casa Romantica’s terrific live poetry series in San Clemente. I’ve been proud to feature writers participating in that excellent local arts endeavor, free to the public in person and, again, broadcast via Bibliocracy. For more information visit the Casa Romantica website.
Today’s reading is by Rae Armantrout. She holds a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied with Denise Levertov, and a master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State. She has published eleven books of poetry, including: Versed, Next Life --- selected by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007 --- Up to Speed, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Poetry; Veil: New and Selected Poems (2001), also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award; The Pretext (2001); Made To Seem (1995); and The Invention of Hunger (1979). Armantrout's poetry has been widely anthologized, appearing in American Women Poets of the 21st Century and several editions of Best American Poetry. She also wrote a prose memoir, True. She has taught writing for almost twenty years at UC San Diego. Her work is wordplay and language and ideas and questions, aphoristic and fast, a still-life worth listening to --- very slowly!

And stay tuned in the second half-hour for a rebroadcast of my conversation with memoirst Eula Biss, author of an amazing collection, Notes From No Man's Land.

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