Literature Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Hallwalls; New York State Council on the Arts; Just Buffalo Literary Center; and Talking Leaves Books

Paul Hogan & Max Wickert


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Paul Hogan was an active member of the Buffalo literary community for many years, though life path changes have led him farther away recently than he has wished. He was the producer and host of Spoken Arts Radio on WBFO when it was a 30-minute weekly interview and reading series featuring a wide range of local and national writers. (He recently donated over 120 taped programs to UB's Poetry Collection). Along with Nancy Parisi, Paul coordinated the Writer's Cramp reading series at the Central Park Grill for nearly six years. He was also one of the editors of Buffalo Press, which released several books in its short existence, including Olga Karmen's collection Border Crossing.

Paul received his MA in Creative Writing from UB—a member of the last class to do so before UB eliminated it as a concentration in English. He was offered and accepted the Gray Chair Fellowship in Poetry & Letters under Robert Creeley, and held it for two years before deciding to leave academia to begin work in the non-profit sector. He worked for Just Buffalo Literary Center as the first full-time director of the Writers-in-Education program, and he has also worked with or been a consultant to several arts organizations over the years.

Paul has received an Academy of American Poets College Competition award, a SUNY-wide creative writing award from SUNY at Albany, and an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County. He has scattered publications in small magazines, mainly regional, and had five poems included in the White Pine Press anthology The Legend of Being Irish, edited by David Lampe. Although he has read his work widely and often in the area, this is his first reading in nearly a decade.

Max Wickert has published two collections of poetry—All the Weight of the Still Midnight and Pat Sonnets—as well as over two hundred poems and verse translations in major journals, including American Poetry, Chicago Review, Choice, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Shenandoah. His work has twice been featured in Earth's Daughters. The Liberation of Jerusalem—a verse translation of Torquato Tasso's Renaissance epic, Gerusalemme Liberata—will be published next year by Oxford University Press. In the 1960s and Ô70s he was the founder and director of the Outriders Poetry Program. He is Associate Professor Emeritus in the UB English Department.

Continuing publication of Earth's Daughters magazine is made possible by a Decentralization grant from the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. The Gray Hair Series is co-sponsored by Hallwalls, Just Buffalo Literary Center, & Talking Leaves...Books.

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