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Readings from Ira Sadoff
Sep 10 2012
7:00 p.m.
Bridgewater Lounge

Ira Sadoff was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Cornell University and received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. He is the author of eight collections of poetry True Faith, his eighth collection of poems, was published in March by BOA Editions. His previous two collections, Barter, and Grazing.were published by the U. of Illinois. He’s published a novel and The Ira Sadoff Reader (a collection of stories, poems, and essays about contemporary poetry). His History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture, on the relationship between poetry and culture, was published in 2009 by the U. of Iowa Press .He is the recipient of a Creative Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation. His poems have been widely anthologized, including in the Harper Anthology of American Literature, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Great American Prose Poems, and The Best American Poetry 2002 and 2008.

Former poetry editor of The Antioch Review and co-founder of The Seneca Review, he has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the MFA programs at the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and currently teaches at Colby College and the MFA program at Drew University.
Blurb for the forthcoming book True Faith from BOA.

"Ira Sadoff’s True Faith both yearns for and calls into question the mechanisms for creating transcendence. He writes, “we all have one breath, it’s the same breath” and our humanness drives us toward a myriad of sins. Each creates for himself a god, be it religious, artistic, economic or political, which brings miracles of beauty into his life. For this poet, imagination is what allows us to “walk(s) away from the accident” and consequently metaphor-making is critiqued in its most natural home. For perhaps it too has been “wired wrong.” These remarkable poems are ultimately profound and unflinching meditations on how to understand all that is lacking in a life remembered. This insightful and timely collection continues to secure his reputation as one of our preeminent poets."
--Claudia Rankine, author of DON'T LET ME BE LONELY

Here are blurbs for the HISTORY MATTERS, the critical book:
“If I hadn't read it, I'd never have thought this book could be possible in these, our moribund days of literary criticism, when everything counts for teachers of literature except literature itself. Ira Sadoff does literary criticism in what is now an almost unknown way: with a lover's riveted attention to the textures of his beloved's body. Sadoff's winning wager is that such attention yields revelations about the ways that poems inform us, change us, upend our normal habits of understanding—give us a world we'd never known before and cannot know in any other way. A thrilling and brave defense of poetry. A unique and, for me, heartwarming achievement.”—Frank Lentricchia, author, The Modernist Quartet, and coauthor, Crimes of Art and Terror

“Even when I disagree with Sadoff, I admire him. He’s a close reader, smart, wide-ranging, and he writes well. I’d rather read his essays on poetry than anyone else’s, because he never fails to say many interesting and provocative things.”—Charles Simic