Language Arts Live
Language Arts Live celebrates the diverse vitalities of today’s poetry and fiction.
Bates has a long tradition of welcoming poets and fiction writers to read from their work. In 1932 William Butler Yeats read from his poetry in the Chapel. From the 50s through the 80s, the inimitable Bates professor-poet John Tagliabue brought many distinguished writers to campus, including Allen Ginsberg and Gwendolyn Brooks. Since 1991, the college has hosted readings, class visits, and residencies by over 75 authors, among them Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Muldoon, Donald Justice, Elizabeth Strout, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Richard Ford; Carolyn Forché, Grace Paley, Galway Kinnell, Marge Piercy, and Sarah Manguso. Recent Bates alums have also returned to read from their prize-winning first books: Jessica Anthony, Christian Barter, Gabriel Fried, Christina Chiu, and Craig Teicher. Language Arts Live events are open to the public free of charge.