March 1, 2013
Poet Marie Howe will read from a selection of her works at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Gorecki Family Theater, Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.
This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the CSB Literary Arts Institute, the CSB Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture and Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Howe received a master's of fine arts from Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City, where she was also mentored by the late poet Stanley Kunitz.
In 1988, Howe published her first poetry collection, "The Good Thief," which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Later that year, she was chosen by Kunitz to receive the Lavan Younger Poets Prize of the American Academy of Poets. Her second collection, "What the Living Do," was released in 1997 and was named one of the best five poetry collections of the year by Publisher Weekly. Her most recent collection, "The Kingdom of Ordinary Time," was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
In addition to poetry, Howe co-edited an essay anthology, "In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic."
Other honors include National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Tikkun and Harvard Review.
Currently, Howe serves as a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, N.Y. She previously taught at both Columbia University and New York University and also serves as the New York State Poet Laureate.
While on campus, Howe will also host a faculty-staff luncheon at noon Monday, March 18, in Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center, CSB. The luncheon is entitled "What the Angels Left" and will focus on Howe's writing, her way of being in the world and how her Catholicism has influenced her spirituality. Faculty and staff members who attend the luncheon will receive a copy of "The Kingdom of Ordinary Time." Space is limited and spots can be reserved by contacting Carol Johannes at firstname.lastname@example.org.