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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
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Michael Heller discusses "Telescope: Selected Poems." He will be joined in conversation by Peter O’Leary. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing

At the Co-op

About the book: For more than fifty years, Michael Heller has been building one of the most impressive bodies of work in contemporary American poetry. His poems, shaped by Jewish and Buddhist thought and simultaneously lyrical and philosophical, engage the political and the natural world in an ongoing consideration of the responsibility and imaginative freedom of the poet. Profoundly reflective and deeply sensual, Heller is simply one of the best poets writing today.

This new selection of his work, the first in many years, provides a perfect vantage from which to contemplate his achievement.

About the author: Michael Heller has published more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, essays, and memoir. His recent works include the poetry collection 'This Constellation Is a Name: Collected Poems 1965–2010,' 'Dianoia,' and 'Beckmann Variations and Other Poems,' a work in prose and poetry. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York City.

About the interlocutor: Peter O’Leary was born in 1968 in Detroit, where he was educated by the Lasallian Christian brothers. He studied literature and religion at the University of Chicago. In the 1990s, he was mentored by Ronald Johnson, becoming his literary executor upon the poet’s death in 1998. In addition to Detroit and Chicago, he has lived in Portland, Oregon, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Vienna, and Budapest. He is the author of five previous books of poetry, numerous chapbooks, as well as two books of literary criticism. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he edits Verge Books.