Hyam Plutzik Memorial Reading Series: Jericho Brown

Hosted by the University of Rochester
2020 Poetry winner Jericho Brown. (Brian Cornelius/Blue Flower Arts)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Jericho Brown will give a reading for the opening of the 60th anniversary season of the University of Rochester’s Hyam Plutzik Memorial Reading Series—one of the oldest literary reading series in the United States, and one that has brought such figures as 1976 Poetry winner John Ashbery, 1993 Poetry winner Louise Glück, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, and many others to the University for readings and discussions that are free and open to the public. The reading is part of the University’s Meliora Weekend schedule of events.

Brown is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer Grotz, an award-winning poet, director of Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont, and professor of English at Rochester, says: "While engaging with timeless subjects such as eros, death, and the natural world, Jericho's poems are also finely tuned to our American cultural moment." Brown "is quite simply one of the best poets working today, and we're delighted to have him opening the 60th year of the Plutzik Reading Series."

Brown is the author of "The Tradition" (2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2020, and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, "Please" (New Issues, 2008), won the 2009 American Book Award. His second book, "The New Testament" (Copper Canyon, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by the trade publication Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets.

Brown’s reading begins at 3:45 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, September 30, at the Hawkins-Carlson Room at Rush Rhees Library. The reading will be followed by a reception in the Plutzik Library. The Plutzik anniversary season continues with five more events through spring 2023.

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The reading is free and open to the public.

Rush Rhees Library is located at:

755 Library Road

Rochester, NY 14627