A Poetry Reading: Peter Cole with Terry Winters

Monday, April 8, 2019

 6:00 P.M. at the University of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

 Located in the Fine Arts Center at 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 

Join award-winning poet Peter Cole for a reading of his work including  “A Winters Trail,” inspired by the art of Terry Winters, currently on view at the University of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Following the reading, Nathan McClain facilitates a conversation between the artist and the poet about the relationship between their work. This program is free and open to the public, and is produced in partnership with the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art in celebration of National Poetry Month.


About Peter Cole:

Poet and translator Peter Cole was born in Paterson, New Jersey. His collections of poetry include Rift (1989), Things on Which I’ve Stumbled(2008), The Invention of Influence (2014), and Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations (2017). Described by Harold Bloom as a “major poet-translator,” Cole has translated important writers in Hebrew and Arabic, including Aharon Shabtaiand Taha Muhammad AliCole’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He is the recipient of a National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, a TLS Translation Prize, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding Jewish literature, and the 2010 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Cole divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches each spring at Yale University.

About Terry Winters: 

A leading figure in the art world for four decades, Terry Winters became well-known in the 1980s for his materially-conscious drawings, prints and paintings. Mobilizing the patterns and schema that undergird physical and intellectual life, Winters has developed his own pictorial language wherein grids, networks, and knots describe complex encounters between biological drives, technological systems, and mental processes. From the beginning, drawing has been a pivotal part of Winters’s production, serving as kind of testing ground for formal geneses and spatial encounters that may or may not take root in his paintings and prints.

 About the moderator:

Nathan McClain, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing and African American literary arts at Hampshire College, received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Previously, he taught creative writing at Seton Hall, Drew University, and St. Joseph's College, as well as poetry workshops for the Cave Canem Foundation. His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, upstreet, American Poets, The Rumpus, and Hunger Mountain, among others. He currently lives in Brooklyn.