The Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library concludes its 2013-2014 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by poet, essayist, art critic, and translator W. S. Di Piero. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, Di Piero was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2012. Di Piero has won numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Di Piero is the author of ten books of poems including: Skirts and Slacks (2001), Brother Fire (2004), Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems (2007), and Nitro Nights (2011). The latest of his six collections of essays are City Dog (2009), When Can I See You Again? (2010), and Night of Shooting Stars: Poems of Leonardo Sinisgalli (translation, 2010).
Di Piero has taught at Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, and Stanford University, where he is professor emeritus of English and on faculty in the prestigious Stegner Poetry Workshop. In addition, he serves as a consulting editor of Southwest Review and a frequent contributor to Threepenny Review and Poetry. The reading will be held on Wednesday April 30th from 7:30-8:30 in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is free and open to the public.