On Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m., Washington University Libraries' Department of Special Collections will re-launch the Modern Literature Reading Series, which celebrates both the authors in the Modern Literature Collection and those poets and writers influenced by them today.
Renowned poet and WUSTL faculty member Carl Phillips will headline this fall’s event, to be held in Special Collections, on Level 1 of Olin Library. Phillips plans to read and discuss the work of Robert Creeley. Two current WUSTL MFA poets, Catherine Chiodo and Philip Williams, will also read, with Chiodo focusing on Donald Finkel and Williams on Robert Duncan.
Joel Minor, curator of manuscripts and modern literature for Special Collections, proposed reviving the Reading Series after talking with Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Kronovet, who mentioned participating in the original incarnation of the Reading Series when she was an MFA student here.
“Jennifer sparked the idea,” Minor says, “and then later graciously agreed to help me get it off the ground again. I am excited by this opportunity to partner with the MFA Writing Program on a regular basis and to help connect generations of poets and writers to audiences through manuscripts.”
Inaugurated in 1964, the Modern Literature Collection at Washington University Libraries was created as an archive of the work of contemporary English and American writers who were considered critically underappreciated and whose reputations might grow further in the years to come. Today, the Collection’s list has grown to more than 175 authors, presses, and journals, with more than 125 of these represented by manuscript materials.
A reception will follow the reading. For more information, contact Special Collections at 314-935-5495 or visit http://library.wustl.edu/units/spec/.