March Poetry Discussion and Open Mic Night, featuring the work by Dorianne Laux

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This month, we'll be reading and discussing the poetry of Dorianne Laux! The poetry discussion begins at 5 PM, and the open mic begins at 6. Please keep readings to five minutes as to allow time for all to share!


On January 10, 1952, Dorianne Laux was born in Augusta, Maine. She received a BA in English from Mills College in 1988.

Laux is the author of Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2019), The Book of Women (Red Dragonfly Press, 2012); The Book of Men (W.W. Norton, 2011), which won The Paterson Prize and The Roanoke-Chowan Award; Facts About the Moon (W. W. Norton, 2005), which was the recipient of the Oregon Book Award, chosen by Ai, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Smoke (BOA Editions, 2000); What We Carry (BOA Editions, 1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Awake (BOA Editions, 1990), which was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Critics Award for Poetry. Her poems have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Afrikaans, Dutch, and Brazilian Portuguese.

About Laux's work, the poet Tony Hoagland has said, "Her poems are those of a grown American woman, one who looks clearly, passionately, and affectionately at rites of passage, motherhood, the life of work, sisterhood, and especially sexual love, in a celebratory fashion."

Laux is also coauthor (with Kim Addonizio) of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1997). Among her awards are a Pushcart Prize, an Editor's Choice III Award, The Best American Poetry in 1999, 2006 and 2013, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2020, Laux was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at the University of Oregon's Program in Creative Writing. She now lives with her husband, poet Joseph Millar, in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Event date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1150 E. Walnut Street
Springfield, MO 65806
Only As the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393652338
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 15th, 2019