Join us as we welcome poet, playwright and essayist Jay Wright! This FREE reading is presented in partnership with Marquette University with generous support from the Rojtman Foundation.
Poet, playwright and essayist, Jay Wright, is the author of numerous of poetry collections, including Disorientations: Groundings (Flood Editions, 2013), Polynomials and Pollen: Parables, Proverbs, Paradigms, and Praise for Lois (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008). Before embarking on his writing career, Wright played professional baseball, mostly with the Mexicali Eagles of the Arizona-Texas League, and the Fresno Cardinals of the California League. After his baseball career, Wright studied comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and Rutgers University. Wright’s honors include the 2000 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship, and the Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award. He was the recipient of the 1996 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Wright was named the 2005 recipient of Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He lives in Bradford, Vermont.