Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2006 by Kim Lessard
Poet Michael Palmer, this year's winner of the prestigious Wallace Stevens Award, will be the spring 2007 writer in residence at California College of the Arts (CCA). During his residency, Palmer will teach a graduate poetry workshop, and he will give a public reading on February 22 as part of CCA's Centennial Graduate Lecture Series. The reading is free and will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall on the college's San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.
Michael Palmer, whose work has been described as being both alluringly lyrical and intensely avant-garde, has inspired a wide range of poets working today. Robert Hass, on his recent selection of Palmer to receive the Wallace Stevens Award, called him "the foremost experimental poet of his generation and perhaps of the last several generations."
The MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts is one of the few of its kind, in which writers work side by side in a community with visual artists.
"As a poet who has engaged in multiple collaborations throughout the years with choreographers, visual artists, and composers, I was happy to accept the invitation to be the visiting poet at CCA this spring," says Palmer. "I look forward to what this vibrant context will add to our creative writing class discussions and exercises."
"Michael Palmer is one of the most distinguished poets working today," says Joseph Lease, chair of the MFA Program in Writing. "We are honored to have him. He will be a valuable resource and mentor for our students."
About Michael Palmer
Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Company of Moths" (2005), which was short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize; "Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988" (2001); "The Promises of Glass" (2000); "The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995" (1998); "At Passages" (1996); "Sun" (1988); "First Figure" (1984); "Notes for Echo Lake" (1981); "Without Music" (1977); "The Circular Gates" (1974); and "Blake's Newton" (1972). He is also the author of a prose work, "The Danish Notebook" (1999).
For over 30 years Palmer has collaborated with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and he created the text for their piece "Danger Orange." Visual artists he has collaborated with include Gerhard Richter, Micaí«la Henich, Sandro Chia, Jess Collins, and Augusta Talbot.
Palmer has also translated work from French, Russian, and Portuguese. He edited and contributed translations to "Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain: Twenty Contemporary Brazilian Poets" (1997) and "Blue Vitriol" (1994), a collection of poetry by Alexei Parshchikov. He also translated "Theory of Tables" (1994), a book written by Emmanuel Hocquard, a project that grew out of Hocquard's translations of Palmer's "Baudelaire Series" into French.
In addition to the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Palmer's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
About the College
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers 20 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.