APU’s Center for Research on Ethics and Values (CREV) and the Department of English welcome Robert Pinsky, Ph.D., former United States Poet Laureate and internationally recognized author, to present a sampling of his powerful, innovative poems. This free event is open to the public and will take place in APU’s Upper Turner Campus Center, located on APU’s East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa, on Tues., March 5, from 7–8 p.m.

Pinsky served as the United States Poet Laureate, the nation’s official poet, for an unprecedented three terms (1997–2000), during which he became one of America’s most beloved poets and raised the national appreciation of poetry. In 1997, he founded the Favorite Poem Project, an initiative inviting thousands of Americans from varying ages and backgrounds to share their favorite poems and reinforce the value of poetry in American culture. “Poetry gives tremendous pleasure; it brings a physical sensation of saying something that feels right,” said Pinsky.

In his poetry, Pinsky explores new territories of language usage and employs moving, energetic rhythms. His poetry collection The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966–96 received numerous awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.He also published groundbreaking volumes on poetry as an art form, The Sounds of Poetry and Poetry and the World, which received a National Book Critics’ Circle Award nomination. A graduate professor at Boston University, Pinsky frequently writes for prestigious publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, and The Best American Poetry anthologies.

“Poetry shows that language is more than just words, but an art form that calls us to pay closer attention to the world,” said Mark Eaton, Ph.D., professor in the Department of English and director of CREV. “It also helps students understand the magnificent beauty and power of language. Through poetry, we gain a better appreciation for one of God’s greatest gifts: the ability to artfully describe His creation and communicate essential truths about the human experience.”

The James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture Series exists to celebrate the written word through a series of endowed lectures by writers and literary critics of national stature who imaginatively explore the world through their creative use of language and literary forms.

For more information, contact Mark Eaton at meaton@apu.edu.