Father and son poetry duo Willis and Tony Barnstone will appear on the Gainesville campus Friday, Nov. 11, for a 1 p.m. reading in Banks Recital Hall in the Burd Center and a 3:30 p.m. Q&A session in the Writing Center in Trustee Library. Both are free and open to the public.
Willis Barnstone, the father, has written more than 15 books of poetry, many of which have been translated into diverse languages. He is also an acclaimed translator of Greek, Chinese and Spanish poets. His publications include books of literary theory, memoir, religious scripture and visual arts. A Guggenheim fellow, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America, the W. H. Auden Award of the New York State Council of the Arts, the Midland Authors Award, and three nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent books of poems are The Complete Poems of Sappho (Shambhala Books, 2009), Love Poems by Pedro Salinas (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and Café de l´Aube a Paris, Dawn Café in Paris (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011). He is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and he divides his time between Bloomington, Ind., and Oakland, Calif.
Tony Barnstone, the son, has published five books of poetry, including Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009), which won the John Ciardi Prize and The Poet´s Prize; The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Benjamin Saltman Award; Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998), and Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and the editor of several international anthologies of lit¬erature. Among his awards are the Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival and a Pushcart Prize. He is currently the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College, and he lives in Whittier, Calif.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011