A Tribute to C.D. Wright

November 9 & 10, 2016
Studio One, Granoff Center for the Arts

Literary Arts celebrates the life and work of CD Wright in November. Wright was an acclaimed poet and I.J. Kapstein Professor of Literary Arts, who died suddenly in January 2016.


CD 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.


Wednesday, 9 November at 8 pm

Presentations by William Johnston, Christina Paxson, Joan Retallack & Steve Stern

Thursday, 10 November at 2 pm

Presentations by Laynie Browne, Peter Gizzi, Camille Guthrie, Catherine Imbriglio & Amish Trivedi

Thursday, 10 November at 8 pm
Presentations by Eiko & Richard Leo Johnson


Presenter bios can be found here.