S104. Charles Wright at 80: A Celebration of Poetry and Teaching

Auditorium Room 1, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Four students of Charles Wright reflect on his influence on three generations of poets, and read selected poems that have proven durable and instructive in their own writing and pedagogy. Wright's presence as a teaching practitioner is remarkable because he taught so energetically while holding the pace and discipline of his own poetic practice. Few other teaching poets have so clearly modeled the principles he laid out for his students and composed such a remarkable body of work.


John Casteen’s poems have appeared in Fence, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. He has contributed prose to Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, Offline, and the Morning News. He founded and directs Sweet Briar College's annual Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference.

Mary Szybist's most recent book is Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. A 2014 Guggenheim fellow, she teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Dave Lucas is the author of Weather, which received the Ohioana Book Award for poetry. He lives in Cleveland and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center