Keuka College Spotlight Series: Poet Charles Martin to read from his works

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Keuka College’s 2016-17 Spotlight Series opens Wednesday, Sept. 28 with a reading by poet, critic, and translator Charles Martin.

Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Charles, who is making a return trip to the College, earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Known for his erudition, wit, and dexterity with form and meter, Charles tackles contemporary themes with classical grace, and his oeuvre ranges from translations to parodies and imitations.

Three of his collections have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, including Steal the Bacon, What the Darkness Proposes, and Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems, which was also a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award. His most recent collection, Signs & Wonders was published in 2011.

Throughout his career, Charles has received numerous awards, including multiple Pushcart Prizes, the Bess Hokin Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Merrill Ingram Foundation.

A noted translator of Latin poetry, Charles’ translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in the Norton Critical Editions series, received the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets. Charles spent four years as poet in residence at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and served as professor at Queensborough Community College, Syracuse University, in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and at the School of Letters of the University of the South. He has also taught workshops at the Sewanee Writers Conference and the West Chester Poetry Conference.

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series offers an array of poets, storytellers, and musicians to share their talents with the campus and community. Next in the series will be poet A.M. Juster, who will read from his works Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. His reading is free and open to the public.