Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard will be the next guest in the fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Howard will read from and talk about his work on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.
Also known for his work in literary criticism and as a translator, Howard writes poetry in which figures from history and literature such as Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman speak directly to the reader in a form that has been described as “darkly comic monologues.”
Howard served at one time as New York’s Poet Laureate and, in addition to winning the Pulitzer for his poetry collection, “Untitled Subjects,” he was honored with a National Book Award in 1983 for his translation of Charles Beaudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du Mal.”
Howard is the translator of more than 150 works from the French, including books by Cocteau, Gide, Breton, Stendhal, Barthes, Sartre and Beauvoir. He also has been awarded the PEN Translation Medal and the first French-American Translation Prize, and was designated a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite by the French government in 1982. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1983, Howard served as President of PEN American Center, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996.
In the final Writers Speak program of the fall semester on December 4, the evening will be devoted to readings by “the stars of tomorrow,” students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.
Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway.