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Warren Community College to host Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, on March 9

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The Warren Community College Visiting Authors Series continues on Thursday, March 9, with a reading by former Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky.

The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 123A, is free and open to the public.

Pinsky’s most recent book, from which he will read at WCC, is Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet (W.W. Norton, 2022). The book recalls and invokes various influences in and around his childhood home of Long Branch, NJ, that informed his path to poetry. He is also the author of Sadness and HappinessAn Explanation of AmericaThe Want BoneFirst Things to HandGulf MusicJersey RainHistory of My Heart (winner of the William Carlos Williams Prize), The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), and At the Foundling Hospital. A career-spanning collection, Selected Poems, was published 2011.

Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such dynamism, and such national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. As Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans — of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state — shared their favorite poems. One can find the Favorite Poem Project here. Born of this initiative are two anthologies: Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry. Other edited anthologies include  Singing School: Learning to Read (and Write) Poetry by Studying with the Masters, a combination anthology, personal essay and textbook, and The Book Of Poetry For Hard Times, a gathering of poems that cope with the most extreme human emotions. He was also editor of The Best of the Best American Poetry, the twenty-fifth volume of the popular Best American Poetry series.

Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and theHoward Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz.  Pinsky’s prose book, The Life of David, is a lively retelling and examination of the David stories, narrating a wealth of legend as well as scripture.

Robert Pinsky is the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on The Simpsons and The Colbert Report. For years a regular contributor to PBS’s The NewsHour, he publishes frequently in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review and The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is also the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. In 2015, Boston University named Robert Pinsky a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, which is the highest honor bestowed on senior faculty members actively involved in research, scholarship, University civic life, and teaching.

The evening reading will be followed by a Q & A with the audience and a book signing. Frenchtown Bookshop will be onsite for the reading, selling Pinksy’s books.

The Visiting Authors Series is supported by a grant from the Warren County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. All physical site facilities comply with ADA regulations and are fully accessibleSign language interpretation for any VAS event is available with two weeks’ notice. Warren Community College, located at 475 Route 57 West in Washington.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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