Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The 2022 Annual Gregory Stockmal Assumption University’s Curtiss Hall
About the Reading
The Gregory Stockmal Reading was established in 2009 by the Worcester County Poetry Association in cooperation with Carol Stockmal. The purpose of the reading is to continue the efforts of Greg Stockmal to honor American poet Stanley Kunitz and his legacy in Worcester. The reading is an important part of this legacy, recognizing Stanley Kunitz as teacher and leader of his self-described “tribe” of poets, friends, and family by sponsoring Worcester-area readings by poets for whom Stanley Kunitz has been an inspiration. Each year the Worcester County Poetry Association partners with a local college or university to present a poet who had a connection to poet Stanley Kunitz. Kunitz (1905-2006) was born in Worcester and went on to receive many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Medal of Arts, and was to become Poet Laureate of the United States (1974, 2000).
About Martha Collins
Martha Collins’s eleventh volume of poetry, Casualty Reports, will be published in fall 2022; her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Her fifth translation of cotranslated Vietnamese poetry, Dreaming the Mountain: Poems by Tue Sy, will appear in 2023. Collins founded the UMass Boston creative writing program and later served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.