05 Apr Sam Hamill
Monday, April 5 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Sam Hamill – a noted poet, translator, and editor – will be reading his poetry. Students, faculty, staff, and the public are all welcome to attend. Sam Hamill was the editor of Spectrum magazine at UC Santa Barbara in 1972 when he won the award from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for the Best Literary Magazine in the USA for colleges and universities. With the $500 prize, he co-founded Copper Canyon Press, which, under his leadership as Editor from 1972-2004, became one of the leading publishers of contemporary poetry in the country. In 2003, in response to an offer from First Lady Laura Bush to participate in a poetry symposium at the White House, Hamill openly declined the invitation, and instead invited fellow poets to reconstitute a “Poets Against the War” movement like the one organized to speak out against the war in Viet Nam. The movement quickly grew to include poets from around the world, and a website dedicated to showing and archiving this on-line anthology now includes more than 20,000 poems. http://www.poetsagainstthewar.org/
Sponsored by the College of Creative Studies, Department of Art, the IHC’s “History of Books and Material Texts” RFG, and the IHC.