Literary Arts Live (formerly Language Arts Live)

Literary 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.  Literary Arts Live events are open to the public free of charge.

For the current listing of Literary Arts Live speakers please visit: https://www.bates.edu/english/language-arts-live-fall-2015/.


Literary Arts Live Readers 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
BROCKE CLARKE
PAUL YOON
CRYSTAL WILLIAMS
CA CONRAD
ROSS GAY
RU FREEMAN
SINEAD MORRISSEY
A. VAN JORDAN
ELIZABETH RUSH MUELLER
LINDA GREGERSON