Full program: Tom Clark and Vincent Katz, Reading New Work
Video highlights: Tom Clark reads his poem beginning "Down along the bay, in the grey mudflats, the black-necked stilts..." | Vincent Katz reads "An Old Song Made New" and "Old Song New"
A rare reading (anywhere) by Tom Clark. It's been better than a decade that we've had the chance to hear and see Tom Clark read his poetry here in the Bay Area. He is joined by Vincent Katz, visiting from New York.
Tom Clark has combined the diverse roles of poet, biographer, novelist, dramatist, reviewer, and sportswriter during his writing career. Clark served as poetry editor of The Paris Review from 1963 to 1973 and published numerous volumes of poetry with Black Sparrow Press, including a verse biography: Junkets on a Sad Planet: Scenes from the Life of John Keats (1994). His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, London Review of Books, and many other journals. From 1987 to 2008 he taught Poetics at New College of California. Author of many books of poetry, recent works include Truth Game, Distance, Canyonesque, At the Fair (all from BlazeVOX), The New World, Trans/Versions (both Libellum), and Light and Shade: New and Collected Poems (Coffee House Press). He lives in Berkeley. Photo by Juliet Clark.
Vincent Katz is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Swimming Home (Nightboat Books, 2015). He edited and wrote the introduction to Poems to Work On: The Collected Poems of Jim Dine (Cuneiform Press, 2015). Katz is the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (MIT Press, 2002; reprinted 2013) and the author of The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press, 2004), winner of the 2005 National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association. He lives in New York City, where he curates Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia Art Foundation.