Readings at Ramapo Series Events Fall 2019
Monday October 7, York Room 1:00-3:00 pm: Poet David Baker, Reading and Talk on Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”
David Baker is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review. He was born in 1954 in Bangor, Maine, grew up in Missouri, and received his BSE and MA degrees in English from Central Missouri State University. After teaching high school English from 1977-79, he took his PhD in English from the University of Utah in 1983. Baker has taught at Kenyon College, the Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, and currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he is Professor of English. He also teaches regularly in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. Among David Baker’s fourteen books are his most recent poetry collection, Never-Ending Birds (2009, W. W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets (2012, Arkansas). This latest title is cosponsored by The Kenyon Review and gathers Baker’s KROnline interviews with a number of important poets. For his work, Baker has been awarded fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Ohio Arts Council, Society of Midland Authors, and others. He currently serves as Professor of English at Denison University where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing.
Thursday November 14, York Room 1-3: Poet and Neruda Translator Tomas Q Morin
Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, and Narrative. He teaches at Drew University in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Thursday December 5, H-Wing Auditorium 1-2: Novelist and Short Story Writer Marie-Helene Bertino
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES. Her work has received The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize and two Special Mentions, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, fellowships from The MacDowell and Hedgebrook Writers Colonies, The Center For Fiction NYC, and Sewanee Writers Conference, and has twice been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” radio program. The former Associate Editor for One Story and Editor-at-Large for Catapult, she teaches fiction at NYU, The New School, and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and lives in Brooklyn. In Spring 2020 she will be the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer in the MFA program at the University of Montana. Her third book, the novel PARAKEET, is forthcoming from FSG in Spring 2020. Her fourth book, the novel BEAUTYLAND, is forthcoming from FSG in Spring 2022.