Poetry Reading: Alice Notley

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Mar 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lenna Visiting Professor and acclaimed poet Alice Notley will read selections from her poetry.

Notley, one of America’s greatest living poets, has written in narrative, epic and genre-bending modes to discover new ways to explore the nature of the self and the social and cultural importance of disobedience.

She is the author of over 40 books of poetry, including 165 Meeting House Lane, Phoebe Light, Incidentals in the Day World, For Frank O’Hara’s Birthday, Alice Ordered Me to Be Made: Poems 1975, Dr. Williams’ Heiresses, How Spring Comes, which received the San Francisco Poetry Award, Waltzing Matilda, Margaret & Dusty, From a Work in Progress, Homer’s Art, To Say You, Selected Poems of Alice Notley, and The Descent of Alette.

Notley's Mysteries of Small Houses won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her collection, Disobedience, was awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

Notley’s recent work includes From the Beginning, Alma, or the Dead Women, Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, which received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, In the Pines, Culture of One, Songs and Stories of the Ghouls, Benediction, and Certain Magical Acts.

Her newest book, For the Ride, will be published by Penguin in early March.

Active in the New York poetry scene of the 1960s and ’70s, Notley is often identified with the Second Generation New York School poets, though her work resists any period classification.

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.


Jamestown Campus
Weeks Gallery



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