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Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn: Poetry and Conversation

  • The Hawthorne Barn 29 Miller Hill Road Provincetown, MA, 02657 United States (map)

Moderator: Elizabeth Bradfield

One of the best-loved events of Season Four brought together poets Sharon Olds and Mark Doty, whose wisdom and pith moved us all to laughter and tears. This year we look forward to further inspiration when Robert Pinsky, a former U.S. poet laureate, joins Monica Youn, whose third book, Blackacre, was named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post. They will share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, an award-winning poet in her own right, as well as a local naturalist who lives in North Truro.

Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Foundation

This event will be broadcast by our local media partner WCAI


Robert Pinsky‘s recent book is At the Foundling Hospital, nominated for the Nation Book Critics Award in poetry. As Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000), he founded the Favorite Poem Project, featuring the videos at His best-selling translation The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Harold Morton Landon translation prize. His other awards include the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Korean Manhae Prize, the Italian Premio Capri and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pen American Center. He performs with pianist Laurence Hobgood on CDs PoemJazz and House Hour, from Circumstantial Productions.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, and named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and BuzzFeed. Her previous book Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she currently teaches at Princeton University and in the Sarah Lawrence and Columbia University MFA programs.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and the forthcoming Toward Antarctica. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Orion and her awards include a Stegner Fellowship and the Audre Lorde Prize. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on ships around the globe, and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.