W. D. Snodgrass, 25th Annual ODU Literary Festival


W. D. Snodgrass

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Featured Participant

Festival Date



Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center Chandler Recital Hall

Author/Artist Bio

W.D. Snodgrass won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1959. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Delaware and has authored dozens of poetry collections and translations, including After-Images: Autobiographical Sketches, Selected Translations, The Fuehrer Bunker: The Complete Cycle, Spring Suite, Each in His Season, Snow Songs, and Five Folk Ballads. Among many awards and grants are more recently the Award for Translation of Romanian Literature, Colloquium of Translators and Editors of Romanian Literature, Sinaia, Romania; Harold Morton Landon Award for Translation, Academy of American Poets; Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award; and Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1978, he was the first Distinguished Visiting Writer at Old Dominion University, and the co-director of the first ODU Literary Festival.


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gathers a group of dancers, musicians, translators, and singers to interpret works from around the world. Joining W. D. Snodgrass, who also won the Harold Morton Landon Award for Translation, are Steve Kelley, Frederick Lubich, Marilyn Marloff, Agnes Mobley-Wynne, Peter Schulman, Lee Teply, and others. Together they weave a matrix of forms and languages into a colorful cloth.

Friday, October 4th, 2002 at 11:00 a.m.

Poetry and painting have long been viewed as sister arts. "The poet is like a painter," said Plato. Horace coined the phrase ut pictura poesis ("as a painting, so a poem"). Three contemporary artists, Mark Doty and W. D. Snodgrass (poets) and Donald Roller Wilson (painter) address the relationship of poetry and painting through their own experience. Linda McGreevy is the moderator.


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