News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Jan. 12,  2010

Robert Pinsky Named Guest Reader for Emory 12th Night Event


Three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will headline as guest poetry reader for the 10th annual 12th Night Revel benefitting the Robert W. Woodruff Library on Jan. 30, at the Piedmont Driving Club.

The 12th Night Revel attracts poetry lovers from around Atlanta for a night of dinner, 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.

Single tickets are $150 each. Patrons at the $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 levels enjoy additional benefits depending on their level of support. These range from previews of recent additions to MARBL's collections, limited edition broadsides signed by writers or poets featured among MARBL's collections, and exclusive opportunities to meet visiting poets and authors.

To reserve tickets for and become a patron of the 12th Night Revel:

About Robert Pinsky

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."

His most recent book of poetry is "Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town." He also is 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.

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