Jonathan Blunk Reading and Reception for James Wright: A Life in Poetry
The Field Library Presents
James Wright: A Life in Poetry
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
A very special book event with author Jonathan Blunk
Featuring an appearance and introduction by Anne Wright
Join us for the kickoff reading and reception for local poet and scholar Jonathan Blunk as he debuts his definitive new work James Wright: A Life in Poetry. 30 years in the making, James Wright is the authorized and sweeping biography of one of America's most complex, influential and enduring poets.
Using meticulous research, hundreds of interviews, and Wright’s public readings, Jonathan Blunk explores the poet’s life and work with exceptional candor, making full use of Wright’s extensive unpublished work―letters, poems, translations, and personal journals. Focusing on the tensions that forced Wright’s poetic breakthroughs and the relationships that plunged him to emotional depths, Blunk provides a spirited portrait, and a fascinating depiction of this turbulent period in American letters.
Jonathan Blunk is a poet, critic, essayist, and radio producer. His work has appeared in The Nation, Poets and Writers, The National Review, and elsewhere. He was an assisting editor of A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright.
Blunk and his wife, the sculptor Sarah Haviland, have lived in the Peekskill/Cortlandt area for more than 24 years. Their daughter, Emma, now a senior at Swarthmore College, was born in Peekskill and spent much of her childhood in the Field Library Children’s Room.