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Award-winning poet and Pearl S. Buck Writer in Residence to read from work

Ira Sadoff

Ira Sadoff, the 2022 Pearl S. Buck Writer in Residence, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, as part of the College’s Visiting Writer Series.

Sadoff is the author of eight collections of poetry, a novel, and two essay collections—most recently 2009’s History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of American Culture, in which he argues that poets live and write within history.

“Nowhere else in American poetry do I come across a passion, a cunning, and a joy greater than his,” poet Gerald Stern has said of Sadoff. “ I see him as one of te supreme poets of his generation.”

Sadoff is a past recipient of the Lyric Poetry and Bogin Prizes from the Poetry Society of America, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1974, he was the Alan Collins Fellow in Poetry and Prose at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

He has taught at the University of Virginia, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College, and Colby College in Maine, where he was the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature. He has also served as poetry editor of the Antioch Review and was co-founder of the Seneca Review.

He retired in 2015 and now lives in New York.

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