Open Word: Readings and Ideas: G.C. Waldrep
Award-winning poet, editor, and historian G.C. Waldrep will present feast gently, a reading as part of Open Space's Open Word: Readings and Ideas literary series on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Trained as a singer, Waldrep’s work embraces the musicality of language—asking readers to tune their ears to hearing words on a page.
Waldrep is a University of Victoria's Orion Visitor in the Fine Arts, Victoria poet Tim Lilburn will host a dialogue with the poet following the reading.
G.C. Waldrep’s collections of poetry include Goldbeater’s Skin (2003), which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Disclamor (2007); Archicembalo (2009), a collaborative book of poems with John Gallaher; and the long poem Testament (2015). His chapbooks include The Batteries (2006), One Way No Exit (2008), Szent László Hotel (2011), and Susquehanna (2013).
The title of his Open Space appearance, feast gently, comes from a new poetry collection that will appear in 2018. “His is one of the most important voices in postmodern metaphysical and pastoral poetry in English. No one thinks and sounds like G.C. Waldrep,” said Lilburn.
G.C. Waldrep was born and raised in the American South. He earned his BA from Harvard University, a PhD in history from Duke University, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. His honours and awards include prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Campbell Corner Foundation. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University, is Editor for the literary journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Other opportunities to engage G.C. Waldrep during his visit include Monday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. UVic Clearihue Building RM 307, Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building RM 203, Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10:00 a.m. UVic Clearihue Building RM 216.
Open Space is an artist-run contemporary arts centre located at 510 Fort Street (second floor) in downtown Victoria. Open Word: Readings and Ideas is a decade-long partnership with the University of Victoria's Department of Writing.