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Saturday, April 9 • 7:30am - 8:30am
Breakout Breakfast: The Legacy of Archie Ammons

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Optional break-out breakfast session "The Legacy of Archie Ammons": informal talks, readings, remembrances by students, faculty, staff, and others affected by Ammons' work and including his year as Writer In Residence, WFU, 1974-75.

Students, faculty, and alumni are invited to this informal Archie Ammons celebration—people who knew Archie when he came to Wake while on sabbatical from Cornell (1974-75), students who were in his poetry workshops, folks who would like to get to know his work better. Let’s sit in a circle and share Archie’s poems—bring your favorite short poem, one per person, please; our poems, inspired by his work; or anecdotal remembrance of his time among us. Do you remember the Wednesday afternoon reading where he announced that he had discovered a “found poem,” while driving over the hill from Reynolda Road to campus? Or the gray autumn day he looked out a classroom window and told us how to “make it new”? Or the difference between a poet and a “flash in the pan”? Let’s go around the circle until we run out of things to say, or discover that we need to find a way to keep the conversation going.


John York

John York (’77), who was born in Winston-Salem and grew up in Yadkin County, has taught English for over thirty years and in 2003 was named Teacher of the Year by the N.C. English Teachers Association. At WFU, John studied with poets A.R. Ammons and Emily Wilson. In 2011, he... Read More →

Saturday April 9, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am EDT
Benson Student Center Wake Forest University

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