Literary Arts celebrates the life and work of C.D. Wright in November. Wright was an acclaimed poet and I.J. Kapstein Professor of Literary Arts, who died suddenly in January 2016.
C.D. Wright’s was a singular voice; her expansive and ever-surprising poetry consistently struck an authentic chord, focusing attention on the sensuality of language and a wide range of stylistic innovations; indeed, she worked with such diverse interests and approaches that with each new project, she pushed beyond any and all poetic categories and expectation. Her acclaimed books include Rising, Falling, Hovering, Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems, and a text edition of One Big Self: An Investigation, focused on Louisiana inmates.
She mentored generations of poets and students of literature at Brown University, where she taught from 1983 until her death this past winter.
Presentations by William Johnston, Christina Paxson, Joan Retallack & Steve Stern