Nationally-Recognized Poet Linda Bierds to Deliver Katz Lecture

On Tuesday, November 15, poet and Professor of English Linda Bierds will present the first Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2011-2012 academic year.

"Second Hand: A Poet's Journey Toward Science" explores Bierds' interests in the intersections of art, history, and science. In her poetry, Bierds offers rich portraits of historical figures which go beyond their great achievements to show instead intimate, everyday moments. By doing so, she presents the unique ways in which each interprets the world: Benjamin Franklin as a boy using a kite to pull himself across a pond, Beethoven being brought his ear trumpet by a small child, a young Galileo conducting experiments.

Nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished poets of her generation, Bierds is the author of nine poetry collections, including Flight: New and Selected Poems (2008), The Seconds (2001), The Profile Makers (1997), and The Ghost Trio (1994). Her collection, First Hand, was named “Best Poetry Book of 2005” by USA Book News, and her many awards include a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, several Pushcart Prizes for individual poems, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations.

The lecture, which will include a reading and discussion of Bierds' work, will take place in Kane Hall, Room 110, at 7pm.

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Other lecturers for 2011-2012 include Doris Sommer (Romance Languages and Literatures, African and African American Studies, Harvard University) and Diane Taylor (Performance Studies and Spanish, New York University).

All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public.