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An Evening of Poetry with Maryann Corbett & Ryan Wilson

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Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall

The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Avenue Northeast

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Join the CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers Group for an evening with two master poets and storytellers: Maryann Corbett, author of Street View and finalist for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award, and Ryan Wilson, author of The Stranger World and winner of the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Both poets will perform poems from their latest books. Book sales, signings, and a reception will follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public. The event location is Keane Auditorium in McGivney Hall (15-D on campus map). Free street parking is available on Harewood Rd. NE (west side of campus) and the closest metered parking is in front of Mullen Library: https://www.cua.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf

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Street View

Poems by Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett’s Street View is a panorama of views: suburban and urban avenues, shown in leaf and in snow; alleyways where misfits lurk in darkness, but also where “Adonis, charioteer of municipal waste collection, rides with the morning”; and boulevards of old buildings whose elegance remains undeniable, even when “prinked in the clown suit of commerce.” Street View also navigates the resiliency and failings of the human body, and the memories of family and pivotal acquaintances that shape viewpoints for good or ill. This is the work of a seasoned poet in command of her craft, and deservedly, a finalist for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award.

About the Author:

Maryann Corbett was born in Washington, DC, grew up in McLean, Virginia, and has lived in Minnesota since 1972 and in Saint Paul since 1986. Trained as a medievalist and linguist, she earned a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota and spent almost thirty-five years working for the Minnesota Legislature as an in-house writing teacher, editor, and indexer. Her poetry is widely published and has won such awards as the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the Richard Wilbur Award.
  She is the author of the books Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter also from Able Muse Press, Breath Control, Mid Evil, as well as the chapbooks Gardening in a Time of War and Dissonance.

Learn more about Maryann and her work at http://www.maryanncorbett.com


The Stranger World

by Ryan Wilson

“Ryan Wilson’s mastery of traditional forms serves a fresh, distinctive poetry of candor and meditation: soulful rather than brittle, more observant than performative. The idiomatic, American blank verse of Wilson’s ‘Authority’ and ‘L’Estraneo’ is as fluent as that of Robert Frost, but with an oblique tenderness that reminds me of Frost’s friend Edward Thomas.”
— Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States 1997–2000

"Ryan Wilson is a poet of nightmares. Monstrous possibilities lurk in his elegant stanzas: a black panther stalks the suburbs, a haunted marriage collapses, strange faces loom at windows. As he learned from his masters Horace, Villon, and Baudelaire, a classical flourish can bring us face to face with horror, or with ourselves."

—Rosanna Warren, author of Ghost in a Red Hat

About the Author:

Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia, and raised in nearby Macon. The editor of Literary Matters and a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America, he has published widely in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. Currently, he lives with his wife in Baltimore.

Learn more about Ryan and his work at http://www.literarymatters.org/ryan-wilson-our-editor/

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