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January 27

Writers Series

Thursday, January 27, 5:10–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Campbell McGrath has published numerous collections of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In awarding the prize, poet Garrett Hongo labeled McGrath's unique tone "ironic romanticism." The centerpiece of the collection and McGrath's most well-known poem is "The Bob Hope Poem," a 70-page opus modeled on Robert Pinsky's "An Explanation of America" and James McMichael's "Four Good Things." In a 2005 interview McGrath explained that the poem's shape "is not a narrative but a symphonic structure." McGrath is also the co-translator of Aristophanes's The Wasps. He has won a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been widely anthologized, including in The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1999), The New American Poets (2000), and Great American Prose Poems (2003). McGrath has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Florida International University.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see

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