Salem State Writers Series presents poet Frank Bidart
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center
The Salem State Writers Series is thrilled to bring award-winning poet Frank Bidart to campus. This event is also the kick-off of the 2015 Salem Lit Fest, running November 12-14 at various venues around Salem (http://salemlitfest.org/wp/).
Frank Bidart’s first books, Golden State and The Book of the Body, both published in the 1970s, gained critical attention and praise, but his reputation as a poet of uncompromising originality was made with The Sacrifice, published in 1983.
Much of Bidart’s early work focuses on the origins and consequences of guilt. Among his most notable pieces are dramatic monologues presented through such characters as Herbert White, a child-murderer, and Ellen West, an anorexic woman. “Part of his effectiveness comes simply from his ability as a storyteller,” commented Michael Dirda in Washington Post Book World. “You long to discover what happens to his poor, doomed people.”
Bidart’s recent volumes include Metaphysical Dog: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) – National Books Critics Circle Award; Watching the Spring Festival: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008); Star Dust (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); Music Like Dirt (Sarabande Books, 2002); and Desire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. He is also the co-editor of Robert Lowell’s Collected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). The 2007 recipient of the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, he teaches English at Wellesley College