Peter Meinke and Michael Blumenthal: A Conversation, 31st Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Peter Meinke’s most recent books are The Contracted World (2006, poems); Unheard Music (2007, stories); and The Shape of Poetry (2008, essays on writing). His work has received many awards, including O’Henry and Best American fiction, three prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He held the Mina Hohenberg Darden Chair in Creative Writing at ODU in 2003-05, and earlier this year, he was Distinguished Poet in Residence at Wichita State University.

Michael Blumenthal is the author of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (2002) and of Dusty Angel (1999), his sixth book of poems. His seventh book of poetry, And, will be published in 2009. His novel, Weinstock Among the Dying (l994), won a Hadassah Magazine prize for the best work of Jewish fiction. Formerly director of creative writing at Harvard, Blumenthal currently holds the Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at ODU. He has lived and taught in Hungary, Israel, Germany and France; in May 2007, he worked with orphaned infant chacma baboons in South Africa. He spends his summers in a small village near the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary.


Meinke and Blumenthal presented on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 11:00 a. m.


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