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Charles Wright: Online Resources

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Charles Wright, U.S. Poet LaureateCharles Wright
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2014-

Photo Courtesy of Holly McIntire Wright

On June 12, 2014, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Charles Wright as the 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Dr. Billington said:

"Charles Wright is a master of the meditative, image-driven lyric. For almost 50 years his poems have reckoned with what he calls ‘language, landscape, and the idea of God.’ Wright’s body of work combines a Southern sensibility with an allusive expansiveness, for moments of singular musicality."

Wright's inaugural reading as Poet Laureate occured at the Library on September 25.

This guide provides access to selected online resources related to Charles Wright's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.


[WATCH: Charles Wright gives his inaugural reading as the 20th
Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress. September 25, 2014]

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Press Releases
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Prize Citations
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Criticism
   •Book Reviews
   •Charles Wright in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Selected Press Releases, Articles, Blog Posts, Poems

Biography

Poetry and Literature Center Biography of Charles Wright

Press Releases

"Bob Hicok and Charles Wright Awarded 2008 Bobbitt National Poetry Prize"
April 18, 2008

"Librarian of Congress Appoints Charles Wright Poet Laureate"
June 12, 2014

"Poet Laureate Charles Wright’s Opening Reading Headlines Fall Poetry Events at Library of Congress"
August 25, 2014

"Charles Wright to Give Inaugural Reading as U.S. Poet Laureate, Sept. 25"
September 3, 2014

Other

"Coming Soon: The Opening Moment"
From the Catbird Seat blog, September 26, 2014

"2008 Bobbitt Prize: Hicok, Charles Wright Win National Poetry Honor"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 2008

Audio and Video

Charles Wright Inaugural Reading as Poet Laureate
Septemnber 25, 2014

"Fellowship of Southern Writers Celebration" (Wright begins at 07:40)
March 27, 2013

"Poetry of Mark Strand and Charles Wright" (webcast)
April 24, 2008

Print Resources

Works by Charles Wright in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Wright, Charles, 1935-

Works about Charles Wright in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following subject heading:

Wright, Charles, 1935---Criticism and interpretation.

Wright, Charles, 1935---Criticism and interpretation--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Wright, Charles, 1935---Interviews.

External Web Sites

(Download the Adobe Reader to view PDF documents.)

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets External Link
Biography of Charles Wright and more than a dozen poems. Recordings of several poems available.

Blackbird journal External Link
Biography of Charles Wright, several poems, and audio recording of a 2008 reading from Blackbird.

Charles Wright Collection, 1975-2001
Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

Charles Wright Papers External Link
Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.

The New Yorker External Link
A selection of poems by Wright appearing in The New Yorker.

PBS NewsHour
A collection of stories and videos featuring Charles Wright from PBS NewsHour.

Poetry Foundation External Link
Biography of Charles Wright, along with several poems, audio recordings, articles, and more.

storySouth External Link
Five poems by Charles Wright.

Virginia Quarterly Review External Link
A collection of poems by Wright appearing in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

The Writer's Almanac External Link
Twelve poems by Charles Wright.

Prize Citations

2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry External Link

2007 Griffin Poetry Prize External Link

1998 Pulitzer Prize External Link

1997 National Book Critics Circle Award External Link

1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize External Link

1983 National Book Award External Link

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Charlottesville’s Wright begins Term as U.S. Poet Laureate"
The Daily Progress, September 27, 2014

"U.S. Poet Laureate Says Poetry is His Life's Pivot"
The Washington Post, September 28, 2014

"The New Poet Laureate: 'Keep Your Mouth Half-shut'"
USA Today, September 26, 2014

"Charles Wright: United States Poet Laureate and My Teacher" External Link
KCET, June 16, 2014

"Charles Wright: The Contemplative Poet Laureate" External Link
NPR, June 13, 2014

"What Does a Poet Laureate Do, Anyway?"
Speakeasy blog, The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2014

"Constant Freshness"
Paris Review Daily (blog), June 12, 2014

"Who Is Charles Wright, the New Poet Laureate?" External Link
TIME, June 12, 2014

"Charles Wright Named New U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2014

"Charles Wright Named Poet Laureate" External Link
USA Today, June 12, 2014

"Charles Wright Named U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
PBS NewsHour, June 12, 2014

"Charles Wright, Former U-Va. Professor and Author, is Named New U.S. Poet Laureate" External Link
The Washington Post, June 12, 2014

"Charles Wright Named America’s Poet Laureate" External Link
The New York Times, June 12, 2014

"Library names Charles Wright 20th US Poet Laureate" External Link
Associated Press, June 12, 2014

"On the Record with Charles Wright, Famous American Poet from Tennessee" External Link
Vox Populi, March 22, 2013

"Black to Green to Gone: The Lyric Moment in Wright’s 'Tattoos'" External Link
The Kenyon Review, July 20, 2012

"Soul Journals: The Daily Devotions of Charles Wright" External Link
Northwest Review 49, no. 2 (November 2011)

"Fresh Fire: On Charles Wright and Robert Pinsky" External Link
Idiom, April 12, 2011

National Book Award blog entry on Wright External Link
April 5, 2011

"A Conversation with Poet Charles Wright" External Link (PDF, 419 KB)
Tennessee Literary Project, 2011

"Spaar on Poetry: The Illuminations of Charles Wright" External Link
Arts & Academe blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 31, 2010

"Show Me the World" External Link
Comment magazine, July 30, 2010

"Interview with Poet Charles Wright" External Link
Less than the Least, April, 2010

"U.Va. Profiles: 'Charles Wright's Interior Landscape'" External Link
UVA Today, February 4, 2008

"Oblivion's Glow: The (Post)Southern Sides of Charles Wright" External Link
storySouth, Summer 2005

"Confessions of St. Charles: Confession as Spiritual Autobiography in the Work of Charles Wright" External Link
Valparaiso Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 2003

"Everywhere But His Own Country: Three Essays on Charles Wright and the American South" External Link
Asheville Poetry Review, October 25, 2002

"Philip Levine on Charles Wright’s Chickamauga" External Link
Academy of American Poets, 1996

"Charles Wright, The Art of Poetry No. 41" External Link
The Paris Review no. 113 (Winter II 1989)

"Interview with Charles Wright" External Link
Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, 1986

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

"U.S. Poet Laureate Reading Fall Poem, 'Ancient of Days'"
All Things Considered, NPR, September 25, 2014

"New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'" External Link
NPR, June 12, 2014

"Virginia Conversations: Poetry & Prose" External Link
Virginia Public Radio, October 4, 2013

Other Audio

Charles Wright (with David St. John) [direct link] External Link
New York University, October 5, 2012

Charles Wright (with Alice Quinn) [direct link] External Link
The New Salon: Poets in Conversation, New York University, November 18, 2010

"Charles Wright Reads Selected Sestets and Other Poems" External Link
The New York Review of Books, December 10, 2009

Reading "Long Ago and Far Away" External Link
The Cortland Review, Winter 2012

"A Reading by Charles Wright" External Link
Blackbird, November 5, 2003 reading at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Charles Wright on Emily Dickinson External Link
Folger Shakespeare Library, December 9, 1991

Charles Wright External Link
The University of Arizona Poetry Center, October 10, 1984

Charles Wright External Link
The University of Arizona Poetry Center, April 13, 1978

Poetry Foundation External Link
Includes a 2008 "Essential American Poets" recording of Wright in Charlottesville, VA External Link, as well as several Poem of the Day recordings: "Clear Night" External Link; "Reunion" External Link; "Spider Crystal Ascension" External Link; and "Stone Canyon Nocturne" External Link

Reading "Stone Canyon Nocture" External Link
The Poetry Archive

Videos

Charles Wright External Link
Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, March 26, 2013

"Virginia Poet Charles Wright Explores 'Inexhaustible Power of Words'" External Link
PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, March 1, 2011

"Charles Wright Reads 'No Angel'" External Link
PBS NewsHour, March 1, 2011

"Charles Wright Reads 'Hasta la Vista Buckaroo'" External Link
PBS NewsHour, March 1, 2011

"Charles Wright Reads 'When the Horses Gallup Away from Us, It's a Good Thing'" External Link
PBS NewsHour, March 1, 2011

"Charles Wright Reads 'Together'" External Link
PBS NewsHour, March 1, 2011

"Seasons Serve as Backdrop to Charles Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Collection" External Link
PBS NewsHour, April 15, 1998

Charles Wright
National Book Critics Circle Nominee Readings, C-SPAN, March 23, 1998

YouTube External Link
Search results for "Charles Wright" poetry

Criticism

Modern American Poetry External Link
A collection of criticism on Charles Wright's poetry.

"We're Out Here: Poetic Transcendence and Charles Wright's 'Homage to Paul Cezanne'" External Link
University of North Texas Digital Library. Master's Thesis by Shawn Dewett, August 2007.

Book Reviews

Caribou (2014)

AppalArts Magazine External Link

Coldfront Magazine External Link

The New Criterion External Link

Washington Independent Review of Books External Link

Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems (2011)

The Quarterly Conversation External Link

Outtakes: Sestets (2010)

New Orleans Review External Link

NewPages External Link

Sestets: Poems (2009)

Bookslut External Link

Boston Globe External Link

New York Journal of Books External Link

The New York Times External Link

Orion External Link

Valparaiso Poetry Review External Link

Littlefoot (2007)

Contemporary Poetry Review External Link

Open Letters Monthly External Link

Valparaiso Poetry Review External Link

Scar Tissue (2006)

Coldfront Magazine External Link

Front Porch Journal External Link

One Poet's Notes External Link

The New York Times External Link

Poetry Magazine External Link

San Francisco Chronicle External Link

Valparaiso Poetry Review External Link

Buffalo Yoga (2004)

Bookslut External Link

A Short History of the Shadow (2002)

Book Page External Link

The New Criterion External Link

Negative Blue: Selected Later Poems (2000)

Kirkus Reviews External Link

Valparaiso Poetry Review External Link

Appalachia (1998)

Kirkus Reviews External Link

The New York Times External Link

Black Zodiac (1997)

The New York Times External Link

Zone Journals (1988)

The New York Times External Link

The Southern Cross (1981)

Kirkus Reviews External Link

Hard Freight (1973)

Los Angeles Review of Books External Link

Charles Wright in the News

Google News search on Charles Wright External Link

Blog entries on Charles Wright, via Google Blogs External Link

Twitter results for Charles Wright (via Topsy) External Link

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