On June 1st, John Cabot University welcomed Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand. Strand led a workshop on the craft of writing poetry using the English and Italian translations of several poems by Wallace Stevens as examples.
Strand is currently serving as John Cabot University’s first Poet-in-Residence in conjunction with the JCU Summer Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. During the academic year, Strand teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. His many honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the 1974 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from The Academy of American Poets, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Most recently, he has been awarded the Gold Medal in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prize whose other recipients include Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, and John Ashbery.
The following evening, June 2nd, Mark Strand gave a reading of his work to a standing-room-only crowd in the Aula Magna at John Cabot University. Strand’s long-time translator Damiano Abeni read the translations of the poems.