Join Berks Bards in welcoming award-winning poet Eleanor Wilner at the GoggleWorks Theater, first floor, 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA for a reading, question and answer session and a book signing. Reservations are suggested. Call 610-777-0863 or email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleanor Wilner (nee Rand) was born in Ohio in 1937 and holds an inderdepartmental Ph.D. from John Hopkins University. She has published six collections of poems, most recently The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (Cooper Canyon,2004); Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems(1998); and Otherwise (University of Chicago, 1993)). Her other works include a verse translation of Euripides's Medea (Penn Greek Series, 1998); and a book on visionary imagination; Gathering the Winds (John Hopkins Press, 1975). Her work has appeared in over thirty anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1990 and The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Fourth Edition). A new book, Tourist in Hell, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in Fall 2010.
About Wilner's work, the poet Tony Hoagland has said, "Wilner...has a deep and heroic belief in the transformative power of language and myth. She paddles her surfboard outside the reef where most poets stop; she rides the big waves."
Wilner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Juniper Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. Former editor of The American Poetry Review, she is currently an Advisory Editor of Calyx. She has taught, most recently, at the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and Smith College. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and lives in Philadelphia.
(biography modified from The Academy of American Poets www.poets.org)