The Poetry Society of America, with the support of the CMU Creative Writing program and the University of Pittsburgh, presents readings by poets Daisy Fried and James Longenbach.  Afterwards, there will be a discussion on the state of contemporary American poetry, moderated by National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes. This is the inaugural event in the new Spotlight Series, presented by the Creative Writing programs of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh.

Daisy Fried’s most recent collection is My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and one of Library Journal‘s 10 Best Poetry Books of 2006, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For her poetry, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares and a Pew Fellowship. She taught creative writing recently as the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, and at Villanova University.

James Longenbach is the author of several works of literary scholarship, including Modernist Poetics of HistoryStone Cottage: PoundYeats and Modernism; and Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things. He is also the author of Threshold, a collection of poetry. Longenbach is a professor of English at Rochester University.

The event will take place Tuesday, March 29  at 7:00 p.m.  – 9:30 p.m. in Carnegie Mellon University’s McConomy Auditorium.