Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ed Ochester Tribute Reading

Ed Ochester Tribute Reading
September 20, 2012
Ed Ochester’s collections of poetry include We Like It Here (1967); Dancing on the Edge of Knives (1973), winner of the Devins Award for Poetry; Miracle Mile (1984); Allegheny (1995); Snow White Horses: Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1988); The Land of Cockaigne (2001); and Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (2007). He is the longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry Series (University of Pittsburgh Press), and the founding editor of the journal 5AM.

Participating poets and writers included Autumn House Press publisher Michael Simms; poet Judith Vollmer, author of The Water Books and a founding editor of 5  AM; poet Jan Beatty, author of Red Sugar; poet Michael Wurster, author of The British Detective; and poet/memoirist Lori Jakiela, author of Spot the Terrorist.

After the opening readers, Ed Ochester took the stage to read new and selected work. A book signing and reception followed the readings.

Ochester has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For his contributions to the arts, he received the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in 2006 and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trusts’ Creative Achievement Award in 2001. He is professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and is on the faculty of the Bennington College MFA Writing Seminars.

Below you will find links to the reading. A link to the entire reading will be listed first. Links to the contributions of individual poets follow.

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