The finale of the fall 2016 season of Great Writers, Great Readings is a poetry reading by Lia Purpura on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus. Great Writers, Great Readings is presented by the Department of English and the MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Purpura’s new collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin/Viking) was published in October 2015. She is the author of three previous collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, The Brighter the Veil); three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase), and one collection of translations (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash).
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony.
Purpura’s poems and essays appear in: Agni Magazine, Ecotone, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and many other magazines and anthologies, including Best American Essays 2011 and The Pushcart Anthology.
Purpura is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and she teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA.
Photo of Lia Purpura by Alan Kolc