Bernheim Welcomes Writer in Residence, Poet, D.A. Powell

By Amy Joseph Landon

DA Powell, Bernheim Writer in Residence
Portrait of the Poet D.A. Powell, photographed by Matt Valentine

Bernheim is thrilled to announce poet, D. A. Powell, as our next Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

He will give a free reading at Bernheim’s Visitor Center, Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

D.A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Critic Stephen Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.”

A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at University of San Francisco, Columbia University, University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Davidson College. He lives in San Francisco.

In fall of 2014, Graywolf released Repast: Tea, Lunch & Cocktails, a reissue of Powell’s first three collections with an introduction by novelist David Leavitt.

The Writer in Residence program is in its third year. Together with our community partners Sarabande Books and the Baltic Writing Residency, we bring exemplary writers to our home state of Kentucky to spend two to six weeks in artists’ quarters on the grounds of Bernheim’s idyllic nature preserve.

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