For the first time ever, two Aiken Taylor Awards in Modern American Poetry are being presented in the same year. William Logan and Debora Greger (partners in life, literature, and crime!) will read in Sewanee this spring and receive the 26th and 27th Aiken Taylor Awards. Below are brief bios and a tentative schedule of events for next year's celebration.
William Logan was born in Boston and has degrees from Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of many books of poetry and has been published in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Paris Review, and other esteemed journals. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Florida, where he teaches in the M.F.A. program.
Debora Greger is a poet and artist with degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Iowa. She is a prolific poet with more than eight books—the most recent being By Herself, out this fall from Penguin. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of several books, including Desperate Measures by William Logan.
Aiken Taylor events will run from Tuesday, March 19th to Thursday, March 21st, 2013. David Yezzi will give a lecture on the work of William Logan on Tuesday afternoon. And on Wednesday, William Logan will give a reading. Emily Grosholz will lecture on the work of Debora Greger on Thursday afternoon, followed that evening by Greger's reading and the actual presentation of the award to both poets.
More details to come on the poets and events. Save the dates and be sure to attend as we honor this year's Aiken Taylor winners!