S254. A Tribute to the Poetry of Raymond Carver

Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Raymond Carver is widely considered a master of the short story form, and yet Carver was also, from the time he began writing in 1957 and until his death in 1988, a poet. Carver’s partner, Tess Gallagher, describes the poems as the spiritual current running through the stories. While this is true, the poems also ask to be reckoned with in their own right. This panel gathers three poets, a poet/eco-critic, and Carver’s biographer in order to praise the poetry of Raymond Carver.



Carol Sklenicka is the author of Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, named one of the best books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and Oregonian, and a finalist for the PEN-USA and Northern California Book Awards in Non-Fiction.

Justin Bigos teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University. His poems have appeared in magazines including Ploughshares, New England Review, and the Gettysburg Review. He is co-editor of the online literary journal Waxwing.

R.M. Ryan's latest book is Vaudeville in the Dark. He is the editor of Firestarter Press, which has published work by Mark Strand, Tobias Wolff, and Fred Chappell.

Ashley E. Reis is a Doctoral Candidate in English, focusing in 20th Century American Literature, the Literature of the American West, and Ecocritcism at the University of North Texas.

Jynne Dilling Martin is Publicity Director at Riverhead Books. Her poetry has appeared widely including in Granta, Ploughshares, and on the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer. She is a Yaddo fellow, winner of the Boston Review/92nd Street Y Discovery Prize, and the 2013 Antarctica Artist in Residence.


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