Please join us as the Mount’s April Poetry Series
continues with a reading by Dr. James Finn Cotter, Professor of
English in the MSMC Division of Arts and Letters.
James Cotter is an accomplished scholar, poet, author, critic,
philosopher, and translator. He is the Mount’s most senior faculty
member, having taught at the college since 1963.
As poet and literary critic, Dr. Cotter has been published in
America, Commonweal, The Hudson Review,
The Nation, The New York Times, Sparrow,
Spirit, Thought and other periodicals. He is the
author of Inscape: The Christology and Poetry of Gerald Manley
Hopkins; Beginnings: the First Twenty-Five Years of Mount
Saint Mary College; and A New Life: Learning the Way of
Omega. He has written on Hopkins, Dante, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir
Philip Sidney, and J.D. Salinger. Cotter is a celebrated translator
of Dante’s Commedia, a seasoned theater and arts reviewer,
a Fulbright-Hays lecturer, and a recipient of a National Endowment
for the Humanities grant.
Much of Jim’s poetry is inspired by his hikes in the Hudson
Valley. He will read from his book, A New Life, as well as
more recent work, including a long poem about his parents, entitled
“Before I was Born.”
James Finn Cotter’s poetry reading will take place on Thursday,
April 14th, at 4 p.m. in Room 218 of the Kaplan Family Library. The
April Poetry Series is co-sponsored by the MSMC Division of Arts
& Letters and Kaplan Library. It is free and open to the
public. Light refreshments will be served.