F282B. Poetry, Belles-Lettres, and Other Correspondence: A Tribute to Donald Hall

Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Donald Hall was one of the major poets of his generation. His poems used direct speech and resonant imagery to explore large themes—the self in nature, the nature of loss. His happy marriage to poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995, haunted his later work, but Hall would retain his appetite for joy. A generous editor and mentor, Hall corresponded with countless young writers. After reminiscences from the panel, as part of this celebration, the audience will be invited to share excerpts of their own personal letters from Donald Hall.



Martin Lammon is the author of News from Where I Live: Poems. After 21 years as the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University, where he founded the MFA in Creative Writing program and the journal Arts & Letters, he is now living and writing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark Doty's nine books of poems—most recently, Deep Lane—have received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S.Eliot Prize. A new prose study of Walt Whitman is forthcoming. A Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, he lives in New York City.

Alicia Ostriker 's most recent collections of poetry are The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog (2014) and Waiting for the Light (2017), which won the National Jewish book Award in 2017. She teaches in the low-res MFA program at Drew University and is an Academy of American Poets Chancellor.

Barbara Hamby is the author of six books of poems, most recently Bird Odyssey and On the Street of Divine Love from the Pitt Poetry Series. She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award.


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