Meeting Archive:
Thirty Years of Poetry: A Discussion, April 24

If you missed this event, you can hear the full audio here.

Meeting Description:
Orion publishes poetry in the belief that it has a unique ability to approach the ineffable (and, paradoxically, the wordless) and to touch the deepest nerves of human compassion and understanding. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we invite you to join a free live discussion and reading hosted by Orion’s poetry editor, Hannah Fries, featuring the editor of Poetry magazine, Christian Wiman, as well as Orion poets Pattiann Rogers and Maria Melendez. This event will take place on April 24 at 4 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific.

Since its launch thirty years ago, Orion has published the work of poets who have surprised and inspired us with their deep sense of humanity and reverence for the natural world. As its editors have considered and reconsidered over the years what it means to be a magazine about humans and nature, its content—including its poetry—has consistently embraced new territory and asked new questions.

How have ideas about poetry and the natural world evolved and how might they continue to evolve? How has the poetry in Orion affected you over the years? How does poetry inform your thinking and your life?

Christian Wiman, Maria Melendez, and Pattiann Rogers have contributed poems to Orion over the years and have much more to share. This unique opportunity will allow you to hear them talk about poetry and also read from their work.

It is free to join, will be moderated by Orion staff, and is open to all readers and friends. Registration is required, so please fill in the blanks below, including the phone number you plan to call in with. This information is helpful to the event moderator and is only intended for use during the event.
Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2012
Time: 04:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Erik Hoffner
 Presenter Information
Hannah Fries
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Hannah Fries is Associate Editor and Poetry Editor of Orion. Her own poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Calyx, The Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat,, and others. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Frost Place, a museum and poetry conference in Franconia, New Hampshire. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.

Christian Wiman
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Christian Wiman is Editor of Poetry magazine, which in 2011 won awards for General Excellence and Best Podcast from the American Association of Magazine Editors. He is the author, translator, or editor of seven books. His most recent book of poems, Every Riven Thing (FSG, 2010), won the Commonwealth Prize from the English Speaking Union and was a finalist for the Kingsley-Tufts Prize. His translations of Osip Mandelstam are collected in Stolen Air (Ecco, 2012), and a new book of nonfiction, My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer, will be published by FSG in 2013. 

Pattiann Rogers
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Pattiann Rogers has published thirteen books, most recently The Grand Array: Writings on Nature, Science, and Spirit (Trinity University Press, 2010), and Wayfare (Penguin, 2008).  Rogers is the recipient of two NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Literary Fellowship and a Literary Award in Poetry from the Lannan Foundation.  Her poems have received five Pushcart Prizes, two appearances in Best American Poetry, and four appearances in Best Spiritual Writing.

Maria Melendez
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Maria Melendez edits and publishes Pilgrimage magazine in Pueblo, Colorado. Her poetry collections include How Long She'll Last in This World (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and Flexible Bones (University of Arizona Press, 2010). Her poetry has been featured in Poetry Daily, Orion, and in The Language of Conservation exhibition at Milwaukee County Zoo.