Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Saturday, November 18, 2000
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 4:00pm

(Please note: Carol Muske, originally scheduled with Quincy Troupe, will read at a later date.)

Sharon Olds


Sharon Olds is the author of six collections of poetry. Her first book of poems, Satan Says, received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second book, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England. Her other collections include The Gold Cell, The Wellspring, and, most recently, Blood, Tin, Straw. She teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helps run the New York University workshop program for the severely physically challenged at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. Sharon Olds was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998-2000.

Quincy Troupe

Poem: One Summer View In Port Townsend, Washington

Quincy Troupe is the author of twelve books, including six volumes of poetry, the latest of which is Choruses (Coffee House Press, 1999). Mr. Troupe has received two American Book Awards (in 1980 for poetry for Snake-Back Solos) and in 1990 for Miles: The Autobiography (co-authored with Miles Davis). In 1991 he received the Peabody Award for co-producing and writing the radio show The Miles Davis Radio Project broadcast on National Public Radio. Mr. Troupe edited James Baldwin: The Legacy (Simon and Schuster, 1989). His other books include Watts Poets and Writers 1968, which he edited, and the ground-breaking Giant Talk: An Anthology of Third World Writing (Random House, 1975), which he co-edited. His books of poetry include Avalanche (Coffee House Press, 1996); Embryo (Barlenmir House, 1971), Skulls Along the River (I. Reed Books, 1984), and Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (Harlem River Press, 1991, re-issued in 1997). His most recent works include Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis (University of California Press) and his “Poem for Magic” for former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Hyperion-Disney Books). He is Professor of Creative Writing and American and Caribbean Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife, Margaret, and their son, Peter.