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Poet Alice Notley to read works on campus

Alice NotleyInternationally acclaimed poet Alice Notley will be at UTC on Monday, March 6, to read from her works. Notley, who currently lives in Paris, will be attending a meeting of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Atlanta in early March and has agreed to extend her visit to the U.S. to make this presentation in Chattanooga.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.

Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona, and grew up in Needles, California, in the Mohave Desert. She was educated at Barnard College and at The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa. During the late 60s and early 70s she lived a traveling poet’s life (San Francisco, Bolinas, London, Wivenhoe, Chicago) before settling in New York’s Lower East Side. For sixteen years there, she was an important force in the second generation of the so-called New York School of poetry.

In one of her earlier prose poems “My Bodyguard,” Notley proclaims, “I just want to do the same old thing differently.” She does just that in a wide variety of forms and with a impressive breadth of topics. She is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry including Disobedience (Penguin, 2001)—winner of the Griffin International Prize in 2002; Mysteries of Small Houses (1998)--one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry; and How Spring Comes (1981)--1982 San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award.

In 2005 the University of Michigan Press published her book of essays on poetry, Coming After. Notley recently edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California Press), with her sons Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan as co-editors. Her most recent books are Alma, or The Dead Women, from Granary Books, and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, from Wesleyan.

Other works of poetry include The Descent of Alette (1996), Close to me & Closer . . . (The Language of Heaven) and Désamère (1995), To Say You (1994), and Selected Poems of Alice Notley (1993).

In addition to her poetry, Notley has published an autobiographical work, Tell Me Again (1982) and edits the magazine Gare du Nord. Her interests also extend to the visual arts where she has experimented with collages, watercolors, and sketches.

February 23, 2007