Poetry Reading: Douglas Kearney
Poetry at Bennington—Spring 2020
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, and librettist who has published six books that bridge politics, African-American culture, masks, the Trickster figure, and contemporary music. His most recent work, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), was awarded the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry. Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), is a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection. Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014), Kearney’s third poetry collection, examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009) is a National Poetry Series selection, and Someone Took They Tongues (Subito Press, 2016) collects several of Kearney’s libretti. Kearney has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and the Cy Twombly Award for Poetry. He teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.