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All Readings from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the First Thursday of the Month
Admission Free Morrison Library in Doe Library UC Berkeley

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Series Kick-Off, 09.05.13 | Zeyar Lynn, 10.03.13 | Cynthia Cruz, 11.07.13 | Zubair Ahmed, 12.05.13
Linda Gregerson, 02.06.14 | Leonore Wilson, 03.06.14 | Rowan Ricardo Phillips, 04.03.14Student Reading, 05.01.14

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September 5, 2013


Hosted by Robert Hass and University Librarian Thomas C. Leonard, this event features distinguished faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines introducing and reading a favorite poem. This year’s participants: Police Chief Margo Bennett, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks, Keith P. Feldman (Ethnic Studies), Dean Keith Gilless (College of Natural Resources), Alexander Givental (Mathematics), Timothy Hampton (Comparative Literature), Associate Director of Administration Dylan Hendricks, Patricia Penn Hilden (Native American History & Comparative Ethnic Studies), Maria Mavroudi (Byzantine History & Classics), Water Quality Program Manager Tim Pine (Office of Environment, Health & Safety), and Financial Analyst Jane Youn (English)

Zeyar Lynn

October 3, 2013


This reading is a special event celebrating the first anthology of Burmese poetry in English translation in more than fifty years. At a time of political transformation in Myanmar, Zeyar Lynn, poet, essayist, and translator will present his work from Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets. Lynn is widely regarded as the most influential living poet in Myanmar and a translator of many Western poets, including Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, and Charles Bernstein.
Cynthia Cruz

November 7, 2013


Cynthia Cruz’s poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review and others. Her first collection of poems, RUIN, was published by Alice James Book and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in 2012. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her third collection of poems, Wunderkammer, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2014. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Zubair Ahmed

December 5, 2013


Zubair Ahmed was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2005, his family won the Diversity Visa Lottery, which granted them the opportunity to immigrate to the US. During the year-and-a-half before moving, he became a professional video gamer and then moved to Duncanville, Texas where he finished high school. Ahmed now studies mechanical engineering and creative writing at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Solar Car Team, president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and has recently delved into business and startups. City of Rivers, published by McSweeney’s, is his highly praised debut collection of poems.

Linda Gregerson

February 6, 2014


Linda Gregerson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Selvage (2012). Her many honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations, the Kingsley Tufts poetry endowment. Her third book, Waterborne, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Gregerson is Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan.

Leonore Wilson

March 6, 2014


Leonore Wilson is Poet Laureate of Napa Valley and author of Western Solstice published by Hiraeth Press. She has received fellowships from Villa Montalvo Center of the Arts and University of Utah. Her poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Madison Review, Third Coast, Unruly Catholic Women Writers Poets Against the War, and TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. She has taught English and Creative Writing at various universities and colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wilson serves on the MFA board at St. Mary's College and on the River of Words panel. She lives on her family's old cattle ranch in the eastern hills of Napa Valley.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
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April 3, 2014


Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of THE GROUND: poems, winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and the translator of Salvador Espriu's classic Catalan collection of short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University, where he attained his doctorate in English Literature. Phillips has taught in Harvard's History and Literature Program and Columbia's Graduate School of the Arts, and is currently an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.

May 1, 2014


One of the year’s most lively events, the student reading includes winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang, as well as students nominated by Berkeley’s creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and representatives from student publications.
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Support for this series is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Tom Colby, the Library, The Morrison Library Fund, the deanís office of the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. These events are also partially supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

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