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The poetry of Amy Clampitt – Mary Jo Salter in conversation with Willard Spiegelman

Join American poet Mary Jo Salter as she celebrates and discusses the poetry of Amy Clampitt with Willard Spiegelman. Actor Imogen Stubbs reads some of the poems discussed. This is a free 60 minute live online event.

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Date and time 29 Jul 2021 4pm - 5pm
Location Online Status On sale

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Join American poet Mary Jo Salter as she celebrates and discusses the poetry of Amy Clampitt with Willard Spiegelman. Actor Imogen Stubbs reads some of the poems discussed. This is a free 60 minute live online event.

When Amy Clampitt's first book of poems, The Kingfisher, was published in January 1983, the response was jubilant. The poet was sixty-three years old, and there had been no debut like hers in recent memory. The New York Times Book Review said, ‘With the publication of her brilliant first book, Clampitt immediately merits consideration as one of the most distinguished contemporary poets.’

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Amy Clampitt

Amy Clampitt was born in 1920 and brought up in New Providence, Iowa. From college years onwards, though, she lived mainly in New York City. Her first poem was published by The New Yorker in 1978.

‘Feelings swarmed in her heart, words swam to her pen, and the flood of poems that she produced late in life delineate a self – silent for 53 years – that suddenly found a public voice. If she had died at 50, we should never have known about her.’ Helen Vendler, London Review of Books

After the publication of The Kingfisher In 1983, five more books of poetry followed over the next decade.

‘….a virtuoso command of vocabulary, [a] gift for playing the English language like a musical instrument and [a] startling and delightful ability to create metaphor.’ Richard Tillinghast, New York Times Book Review

Amy Clampitt was the recipient of Guggenheim and Academy Fellowships, and was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1992. She was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and taught at the College of William and Mary, Amherst College, and Smith College. She died of cancer in September 1994.

Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo Salter is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Surveyors (2017). She is also a lyricist whose song cycle Rooms of Light: The Life of Photographs was composed by Fred Hersch. Her children’s book The Moon Comes Home appeared in 1989 and her play Falling Bodies premiered in 2004. She is also a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. After 23 years teaching at Mount Holyoke College, Salter became a permanent member of the Writing Seminars faculty at John Hopkins University in 2007 where she is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor.

Imogen Stubbs

Imogen Stubbs’ theatre experience includes leading roles at the RSC, The National, The Old Vic, The Donmar Warehouse and various West End productions. Her starring film roles include Sarah in Jack & Sarah, Lucy in Sense & Sensibility, Megan in A Summer Story, Diana Stiles in True Colors and, most recently, leads in Insomniacs and Stake Out.

Imogen Stubbs
Imogen Stubbs

Willard Spiegelman

Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English, Emeritus, at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A prolific author, he has written a dozen books, which include literary criticism, essays, lectures and memoirs. He has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Amy Clampitt foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and PEN/America. He is editor of Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt and is currently working on a biography of the poet.

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Photo of Mary Jo Salter © Marina Levitskaya



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Date and time 29 Jul 2021 4pm - 5pm
Location Online Status On sale

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