Known as one of the most original and prolific poets of her generation, Wakoski has published over 40 books including "Coins and Coffins," "Discrepancies and Apparitions," "The George Washington Poems," "Greed: Part 1 & 2," "Inside the Blood Factory," "The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems," "Virtuoso Literature for Two and Four Hands," "Waiting for the King of Spain," "Cap of Darkness," "Rings of Saturn" and "Medea the Sorceress." "Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987" won the Poetry Society of America William Carlos Williams Award.
Wakoski?s poetry is frequently considered as part of the 1960s ?deep image? movement, related to the earlier practice of symbolists and surrealists who used images to evoke archetypal associations and deep emotion. Her interpretations of ordinary experience are striking and imaginative, such as in a poem about the body?s aches and pains, "My Knees Go Before the Firing Squad at Dawn."
Wakoski was born in Whittier, Calif., and educated at the University of California at Berkeley. She frequently addresses her southern California roots in her poems, although she moved to the East Coast and became known as part of the New York literary avant garde during the 1960s. She still travels widely to give readings of her work. In the 1970s Wakoski relocated to Michigan State University where she is writer-in-residence in the English Department. She lives in East Lansing with her husband, photographer Robert Turney. Besides writing books of poetry she has also published essays including the University of Michigan collection, "Towards a New Poetry."
Her visit to Linfield is part of a tour that includes readings throughout the Northwest, and is sponsored by the Nicholson Library and the English Department, and is part of a Mountain Writers Series Northwest Regional Residency.
The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2288.