The Mount Saint Mary College April Poetry Series opens on
Thursday, April 10, 2014, with an appearance and reading by poet
William Seaton. Please join us; light refreshments will be
William Seaton’s Spoor of
Desire: Selected Poems (FootHills Publications) contains work
spanning his entire career. Earlier titles include Tourist
Snapshots (CC Marimbo) and Cold Water (Monkey’s
Press). His poetry has also appeared in nine anthologies such as
the regional collections Riverine and WaterWrites
and in numerous journals including Long Island Quarterly,
Chronogram, Edison Literary Review, Home Planet News, Chiron
Review, and Napalm Health Spa.
He has been nominated for
Pushcart prizes in both poem and essay categories. He has read his
poetry widely, including appearances in London, Budapest,
Kathmandu, and Prague as well as venues in San Francisco, New York
City, and in between.
A onetime student of the University of Iowa’s Translation
Workshop, Seaton’s versions of poems by five German Dadaists was
published by Nirala last year as Dada Poetry: An Introduction. His
translations of ancient Greek and modern German authors have
earlier appeared in Chelsea, Maintenant, Heaven Bone, Mad Blood,
Oblique, and elsewhere.
Seaton is in addition a scholar and a critic whose academic
papers have appeared in the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies and
the Mystics Quarterly as well as in a number of volumes of
Bruccoli-Clark’s Dictionary of Literary Biography. He maintains a
blog at williamseaton.blogspot.com.
He has produced the Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance
series in the Hudson Valley since 1993 and, in recent years, has
led the Northeast Poetry Center. He is curator of a series of
evenings of performance art at the Seligmann Center for the Arts
under the title Surreal Cabaret.
The second April poetry reading will be held on April 22 at 4
pm, with poet Robert Kelly.
This event is sponsored by the Division of Arts and Letters and
the MSMC library. It is free and open to the public.