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.



BATES COLLEGE Reading Series since ca. 1990

  • GRACE PALEY
  • MICHAEL HARPER
  • DEREK WALCOTT
  • SEAMUS HEANEY
  • YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA
  • TONI CADE BAMBARA
  • TONY HOAGLAND
  • MARK DOTY
  • SHARON SHEEHE STARK
  • KATE BARNES
  • ANN LAUTERBACH
  • FRED D’AGUIAR
  • HEATHER McHUGH
  • JOHN ENGELS
  • CAROLYN FORCHE (Woodrow Wilson Residency)
  • CHARLES BAXTER
  • DONALD JUSTICE
  • LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO
  • LEO CONNELLAN
  • GALWAY KINNELL
  • SUSAN RICHARDS SHREVE (W. Wilson Residency)
  • SYDNEY LEA
  • ABIGAIL STONE
  • JOHN HAINES
  • CORNELIUS EADY
  • ROBERT PINSKY
  • JOHN TAGLIABUE
  • BETSY SHOLL
  • SONIA SANCHEZ
  • PAMELA ALEXANDER
  • PAUL MULDOON
  • JANE SHORE
  • ELIZABETH STROUT
  • GERALD STERN
  • HENRY TAYLOR
  • CHARLES SIMIC
  • CHRISTINA CHIU (alum)
  • MARGE PIERCY
  • DAVID WAGONER
  • DEBRA SPARK
  • RICHARD RUSSO
  • CARL DENNIS
  • BARON WORMSER
  • LORNA GOODISON
  • DONALD HALL
  • CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS
  • C.K. WILLIAMS
  • CLEOPATRA MATHIS
  • RICHARD FORD
  • IRA SADOFF
  • LIZ STROUT (alum)
  • JEAN MONAHAN (alum)
  • PETER FALLON
  • CHRISTIAN BARTER (alum)
  • TRACY K. SMITH
  • GABRIEL FRIED (alum)
  • JOANNE KYGER
  • PAT ROSAL
  • ADRIAN BLEVINS
  • CRAIG TEICHER (alum)
  • JEFFREY THOMSON
  • SAMANTHA HUNT
  • RAVI SHANKAR
  • SARA MANGUSO
  • BRIAN KIM STEFANS
  • ELIZABETH BRADFIELD
  • CAROLINE KNOX
  • DARA WEIR
  • DOROTHEA LASKY
  • JAMES HANNAHAM
  • JESSICA ANTHONY (alum)
  • PAUL LAFARGE
  • MARIANNE BORUCH
  • WESLEY McNAIR
  • DEBRA SPARK
  • COURTNEY ELDRIDGE
  • ANDER MONSON
  • EMILY BARTON
  • ARACELIS GIRMAY
  • MAJOR JACKSON
  • DINAW MENGESTU
  • GREGORY PARDLO
  • LAURA VAN DEN BERG
  • JAMES RICHARDSON
  • DAWN POTTER
  • MEG KEARNEY
  • JUSTIN TUSSING
  • BRIAN TURNER
  • SARAH BRAUNSTEIN
  • RICHARD BLANCO
  • BRIAN BRODEUR
  • DEB OLIN UNFERTH
  • RON CURRIE Jr.
  • JAED COFFIN
  • PETER GIZZI
  • CARL LITTLE
  • LEE SHARKEY
  • TYLER MILLS
  • KATE CHRISTENSEN
  • BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY
  • CRAIG TEICHER (alum)
  • COLSON WHITEHEAD