The Life of a Poet: Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout

Somehow it’s almost December, which means that the Poetry and Literature Center’s fall event season is coming to a close. Before you shutter yourselves in for the winter, though, make sure to join us tomorrow night for The Life of a Poet, featuring Rae Armantrout in conversation with The Washington Post‘s Ron Charles, at the historic Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.

Now in its fifth year, The Life of a Poet series offers behind-the-scenes conversations between some of the country’s most-loved poets and Ron Charles of The Washington Post’s Book World. Along with seeing and hearing the featured poet read from their body of work, audience members also get the rare opportunity to witness an intimate conversation that weaves together the poet’s work and personal life. As the evening’s host, Ron Charles masterfully draws from the poet’s bibliography to lead the conversation, many times choosing poems that the poet rarely reads aloud in public.

Rae Armantrout is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015; ItselfVersed, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010; Next Life, selected by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007; Up to Speed, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Poetry; and Veil: New and Selected Poems, also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award.

We look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM. The Life of a Poet: Rae Armantrout in conversation with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post’s Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

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