Three-term Poet Laureate Headlines 10th Annual Gala Benefitting Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library
December 16, 2009
For Immediate Release
Three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will headline as guest poetry reader for the Tenth Annual 12th Night Revel on Jan. 30, 2010 at the Piedmont Driving Club.
One of America’s best loved poets, Pinsky is one of the few members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on The Simpsons. Born in 1940 and educated at Rutgers and Stanford, he is a member of the faculty at Boston University.
His most recent book of poetry is Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town. He is also the author of Poetry and the World, nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award; The Sound of Poetry; Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry; and Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud.
While serving as Poet Laureate, Pinsky launched the Favorite Poem Project, which honors, records and supports the role of poetry in the lives of Americans. In addition to writing poetry, Pinsky has published several prose titles and released a computerized novel titled Mindwheel in 1985. His translation of The Inferno of Dante (1994) won several awards.
Pinsky’s many recognitions include the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2006 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Literary Arts and the 2008 Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award. He is the poetry editor for Slate online magazine and teaches graduate writing courses at Boston University.
The 12th Night Revel attracts the best and most enthusiastic poetry lovers from around Atlanta for a night of dinner, sparkling conversation and the essential pleasures of poetry read aloud. Proceeds benefit the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), Emory’s internationally renowned special collections library specializing in modern literature, African American history and the history of Georgia and the South. Co-chairs and chief revelers for the 2010 event are Trina and Mike Johns. Bill Fox is master of ceremonies.
Single tickets are $150 each. Patrons who contribute $1,000 or more toward the fundraiser will be invited to an exclusive dinner party with celebrated author and Emory University Distinguished Writer in Residence Salman Rushdie during March 2010 at the home of Trina and Mike Johns.
The Emory University Libraries (http://web.library.emory.edu/) in Atlanta and Oxford, Ga., are an intellectual commons for Emory University, Atlanta and the world. The nine libraries' holdings include more than 3.1 million print and electronic volumes, 40,000-plus electronic journals, and internationally renowned special collections.
Emory University (http://www.emory.edu) is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Perennially ranked as one of the country's top 20 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgia's largest and most comprehensive health care system.