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Marked by Memories: Remembering Robert Lowell

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Date and time
Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Gail Mazur, Frank Bidart, Robert Pinsky and Lloyd Schwartz gather here to remember their mentor, renowned poet and professor Robert Lowell, and to celebrate the publication of his Collected Poems.

Gail Mazur's book, *Zeppo's First Wife: New & Selected Poems*, is winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award, a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is author of four earlier books of poetry, *Nightfire*, *The Pose of Happiness*, *The Common*, and *They Can't Take That Away from Me*, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. She is Writer in Residence at Emerson College and Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, which she ran for 29 years. She is working on a new poetry collection, *Figures in a Landscape*. Photo credit to Michelle DeBakey.
Frank Bidart writes poetry, and has published several volumes. He also teaches poetry workshops and 20th century poetry, both "modern" and contemporary. Currently he is editing a one-volume *Collected Poems of Robert Lowell* for his publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux.
Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his own poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, including a collection of poems by Czesław Miłosz and Dante Alighieri. He teaches at Boston University and is the poetry editor at Slate. Photo credit to Michelle DeBakey.
Lloyd Schwartz has taught at Boston State College, Queens College, and Harvard University, and is currently Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is also the Classical Music Editor of *The Boston Phoenix* and a regular commentator on NPR's *Fresh Air*. His most recent book of poetry is *Cairo Traffic* (University of Chicago Press, 2000), which was preceded by *Goodnight, Gracie* (1992) and *These People* (1981). He is also the co-editor of a volume of Elizabeth Bishop 's collected works for the Library of America. His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in *The New Yorker*, *The Atlantic*, *Vanity Fair*, *The New Republic*, *The Paris Review*, and *The Best American Poetry*. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.