On Tuesday, May 25th poet Richard Kenney read from his new book The One-Strand River. The poems were often ekphrastic and inspired by the Eternal City. Kenny has been described by The New York Review of Books as “one of the most gifted and multifaceted and original of American poets.”
When not leading courses in the University of Washington’s Rome Center, Kenney teaches in the English department at the University of Washington in Seattle and lives with his family in Port Townsend. He is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless Bird (which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize), Orrery, The Invention of the Zero, and The One-Strand River. His works have been published in many magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The American Scholar. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, a John and Catherine MacArthur Foundation fellow and a Bogliasco Foundation fellow. In 1994, he was awarded the Lannan Literary Award.