A Tribute to C. D. Wright

September 12, 2016

By Nancy Kuhl

The Poetry Society of America will host a tribute to poet C. D. Wright in NYC on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm. The event will take place at the Proshansky Auditorium at CUNY Graduate Center
, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Admission is free. For more information: C.D. Wright Tribute - PSA Website and  C. D. Wright Tribute on Facebook.
The event honors the late C.D. Wright, featuring Lee Ann Brown, Peter Cole, Monica de la Torre, Brecht Gander, Brenda Hillman, Ben Lerner, Deborah Luster, Frances Mayes, Jane Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Brenda Shaughnessy, Arthur Sze, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, and Michael Wiegers, each sharing a favorite poem and a few words about C.D. Wright. With musical performances by Richard Leo Johnson and Toni Hall and a dance performance by Eiko. Co-sponsored by the 92nd Street Y, the Academy of American Poets, The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center at CUNY, Copper Canyon Press, Poets House, and the New York University Creative Writing Program.
The C. D. Wright Papers (YCAL MSS 820) in the Yale Collection of American Literature include correspondence, writings, notebooks, and printed and other material relating chiefly to Wright’s literary and professional activities. There is correspondence from writers, artists, literary scholars, family, and friends. Named correspondents include Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Forrest Gander, W. S. Merwin, Michael Ondaatje, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, Marjorie Welish among others. The writings include drafts, proofs, and other material for several works dating from the 1990s onward. Works include: Tremble (1996), DeepStep Come Shining (1998), Steal Away (2002), One Big Self (2003), Cooling Time (2005), and Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008). Other materials found in the collection include: notebooks and research material; printed material, including clippings, publicity, reviews, and issues of journals; audiovisual materials, including sound recordings and photographs; records of the journal Lost Roads; legal records, including contracts and permissions; and documentation relating to other literary and academic matters, such as awards, conferences and other events, and blurbs and recommendations.