The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Fred Marchant for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Fred Marchant is the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry and recently reissued in a 20th Anniversary Second Edition, with an introduction by Nick Flynn. His most recent book of poetry, The Looking House (Graywolf Press), was named by Barnes and Noble Review and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of poetry in 2009. He is also the author of Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000), and a new and selected volume, House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2002).
Fred Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, published in 2006 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. He is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), a selection that focuses on the work done while he was a conscientious objector during World War II. In 1970, Marchant himself was one of the first Marine Corps officers ever to be discharged honorably as a conscientious objector.
He is Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program, and of The Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston. A graduate of Brown University, he earned a PhD from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He is also a longtime teaching affiliate of The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and has taught in a wide variety of workshops across the country, ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference to the Veterans Writing Group in Sebastopol, CA.
He is the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.”
The reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. For more information call 453-8836.