2015 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gregory Pardlo visits Greenwich Library

Gregory Pardlo, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, will be reading his poetry in the Meeting Room at the Greenwich Library on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. as part of The Poet’s Voice series. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.

Gregory Pardlo’s second published work, the collection Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in many publications including The Nation,Ploughshares and Tin House.

According to the New York Times, “Mr. Pardlo’s writing is often pointedly arcane, poking fun at the self-consciousness of academic and critical discourse… But he also writes intensely personal poems — with scenes that describe shopping for groceries with his daughter… and delivers funny and poignant dispatches from the front lines of gentrifying Brooklyn.”

Pardlo will join the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at his undergraduate alma mater, Rutgers University-Camden in the fall. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit www.pardlo.net.

Now in its 39th season, The Poet’s Voice series is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and Friends of Greenwich Library. The goal of the series is to present acclaimed, distinguished and award-winning poets to the Greenwich community. The Poet’s Voice series has included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, State and U.S. Poet Laureates and a Children’s Poet Laureate.

This special reading is open to the public at no charge and will be held in the Library Meeting Room. Please email Poet’s Voice Series Coordinator, Librarian Alice Bonvenuto at [email protected] or call (203) 622-7919.

Gregory Pardlo — Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Gregory Pardlo — Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

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