Longtime POETRY magazine editor Joseph Parisi will present “Making it New: An Intimate View of Modernism in Letters from the Archives of POETRY Magazine” on Monday, Sept. 15, in Marquette. The free reading, followed by a question-and-answer session, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse.

Parisi was invited to join POETRY as associate editor in 1976 and was editor-in-chief of the magazine from 1983 to 2003, the longest tenure after that of founder Harriet Monroe. He also served as executive director of the journal’s parent organization, the Modern Poetry Association (now The Poetry Foundation).

His many books include a two-volume history of the magazine, Dear Editor: A History of POETRY in Letters: The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962 and Between the Lines, which completes the chronicle to the year 2002, the 90th Anniversary of the magazine. His most recent book is 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women, an anthology with commentary tracing the tradition from Emily Dickinson to today’s most notable women writers.

Parisi holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and is frequent lecturer around the country and abroad on modernist literature and American poetry. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, and was elected a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, in 2002. He is currently working on a new book about Venice, past and present.

The reading is sponsored by the NMU Department of English and Passages North. For more information, contact Rebecca Johns, director of the NMU Visiting Writers’ Program, at 227-1795.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director