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16 Feb 2017

Writing about Loss

Meghan O’Rourke, author of the 2012 best-seller The Long Goodbye: A Memoir, will read excerpts and discuss the process of writing about grief and mourning with poet Deborah Landau.


Meghan O’Rourke began her career as one of the youngest editors in the history of The New Yorker. Since then, she has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor and advisory editor for The Paris Review. Her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Redbook, Vogue, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. O’Rourke is also the author of the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize. She was awarded the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism. One of three judges chosen to select Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a finalist for the Rome Prize of the Academy of Arts and Letters. A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at Princeton, The New School, and New York University. She is currently working on a book about chronic illness. She lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up, and Marfa, Texas.

Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris ReviewTin HousePoetry, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, selected for The Best American Poetry, and included in anthologies such as Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, Not For Mothers OnlyThe Best American Erotic Poems, and Women’s Work: Modern Poets Writing in English. Landau teaches in and directs the creative writing program at New York University.

Photo by Sarah Shatz.

6:30 pm–8:00 pm

$10 members, students, seniors; $12 non-members

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