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An Evening with Alice Notley

Alice Notley has been writing and publishing poetry for nearly five decades and is the author of over 40 books, many of which challenge genre boundaries.

Alongside a selection of previous works, Notley reads from latest book For the Ride. It tells the story of survivors of a global disaster who board a ship to another dimension, saving words as they travel.

Notley appears in conversation with National Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe before taking questions from the audience.

Poet Robert Creeley described Notley as 'a master poet who returns art to its primal powers'. This is a rare chance to see her read her work in the UK.

Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1945 and grew up in Needles, California, in the Mojave Desert.

She is the author of numerous books of poetry, and of essays and talks on poetry, and has edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver.

She is the recipient of various prizes and awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Mysteries of Small Houses, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

She received the Griffin Prize for Disobedience, the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize for Grave of Light, and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a lifetime achievement award.

She is also a collagist and cover artist. Her most recent books are For the Ride and Eurynome’s Sandals.

Dates & times

12 May 2020
Approximate run time: 75 mins
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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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