Henri Cole, Professor of Literature at CMC and author of nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its annual ceremony in May.
It will be art for art’s sake this Alumni Weekend when the third annual Student Art Showcase kicks off on Friday with a series of performances and student art pieces.
Hosted and funded by the CMC Art Council, the Showcase’s goal is to promote student artwork (both visual and performance) on campus with an eye toward installing various visual art pieces in dorms, administrative buildings, the Athenaeum, and elsewhere on campus. The Showcase provides an opportunity for students to display their photos, paintings, prints, and other artworks for the CMC community to appreciate.
CMC literature Prof. Henri Cole has been honored with the Award of Merit Medal by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, putting him in the company of the finest American writers and artists of the past century.
The Award of Merit has been given each year since 1942 to an outstanding person in America representing painting, the short story, sculpture, the novel, poetry, or drama in rotation. Previous medalists include Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, Hilda Doolittle, and Andrew Wyeth.
The month of June opened with a special offering of poetry with a twist, when selected narrative and lyrical poems by CMC Professor Emeritus Ricardo Quinones were “redacted” by two actors on the stage of the Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Venice Beach.
We say with a “twist” because often poets read their own work to mixed results depending on any number of mitigating factors including the timbre of their voices.
This Fall was another great season of informative and provocative lectures from a bevy of movers, shakers, thinkers, leaders and luminaries.
In case you missed them, see video of entire talks from select Fall speakers at the Athenaeum.
Poet August Kleinzahler is profiled in the latest issue (November-December 2013) of Poets & Writers, a leading literary publication for working writers devoted to perfecting their craft.
When he arrived at CMC in 1963, Ricardo Quinones was a rising literary critic whose presence and credentials, writes Kevin Starr in his history of the college's first 50 years, boosted the College’s efforts to develop a robust literature major.