Thursdays, May 19-June 16
Poetry is meant to suggest that poetry at its best becomes deeply felt speech, which is the truest conversation of which we are capable. In this class, students will read poems by Samuel Hazo, from his recent re-release of “And the Time Is,” published in paperback by Syracuse University Press. They will discuss the emotional power they possess and learn the motivation and inspiration for the poems. Students will need to purchase “And the Time Is” for the course. Details will be shared in the confirmations.
Instructor: Sam Hazo’s oeuvre includes poetry, fiction, drama, essays and various works of translation over a 60-year career. He has published more than 50 books that have been translated into numerous languages, and his literary distinctions include The Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and the Maurice English Award for Poetry.
His collection of poems, “Once for the Last Bandit,” became a National Book Award finalist. He is the McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for 43 years, and he served as the inaugural Poet-In- Residence at La Roche University.
Named as Pennsylvania’s Poet Laureate by Governor Robert Casey in 1993, Mr. Hazo served in this esteemed position for 10 years. Twice recognized as Pittsburgh’s Man of the Year in Arts, he also has been awarded 12 honorary degrees, an honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Forbes Medal for Outstanding Cultural Contributions to Western Pennsylvania.