Poetry at the Albany Library
2014 Robert Frost Gold Medal Winner for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry
Introduced by former U.S. Poet Laureate
Reading at 7:30pm,
Friday, November 14, 2014,
with book-signing & reception to follow
GERALD STERNÂ grew up in a home with no books, except for a Hebrew Bible. Born in 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Eastern European immigrants, Stern once described himself as also the child of his public library. His hours of reading in the library stacks led him to an education at Columbia University and a celebrated life of letters.
Stern’s writing frequently references his working class roots and the disconnect between his upbringing in America and the suffering endured by relatives and fellow Jews during the Holocaust.
In a rare West Coast appearance, Stern will debut his just-released collection,Â Divine Nothingness,Â and will read from his 2012Â In Beauty BrightÂ (both from Norton).
Stern is the recipient of a National Book Award and the Library of Congress 2005 Wallace Stevens Award and 2012 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize. As this year’s Robert Frost Gold Medalist for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America, Stern is one of the country’s most honored poets. He has been writing for over seventy years. With seventeen books of verse and two memoirs, Stern is also one of the country’s most prolific poets.
Saint Alban’s is wheelchair accessible.
An ASL interpreter will be provided if requested 7 days in advance. VoiceÂ 510-745-1400Â or TDDÂ (888) 663-0660.
Produced by Catherine Taylor & Joyce Jenkins
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