BOOK REVIEW | December 3, 2017 | EDITORS’ CHOICE
JAMES WRIGHT: A Life in Poetry, by Jonathan Blunk. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) Blunk illuminates the influences and obsessions of the ecstatic, troubled Wright and reveals him to be a lot like his poems: brilliant, intense and equally likely to soar or faceplant.
"[An] engrossing biography . . . Wright comes through vividly on almost every page. Blunk began working on the book in 2002, and it's clearly the better for that long gestation . . . Blunk makes judicious use of Wright's papers, including important letters that only recently came to light . . . It's in the extensive endnotes that Blunk really shines, illuminating his sources and his resourcefulness . . . Literary biography at its fine-grained finest."
―Eric McHenry, The New York Times Book Review (Nov. 26, 2017)
Jonathan Blunk will read from
James Wright: A Life in Poetry
Martins Ferry, OH 4/21/18
28th James Wright Poetry Festival, Martins Ferry, OH, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Martins Ferry Public Library, 20 James Wright Place, Festival 9 am-9 pm, featuring Jonathan Blunk, Anne Wright, Stanley Plumly, Maggie Anderson, and Dave Lucas, Biography Reading at 7:30 pm
Madrid, Spain 6/1/18
Desperate Literature Bookshop, Unamuno Author Series, in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Calle Campomanes 13 (Metro: Opera), at 8:00 pm
Coimbra, Portugal 6/11/18
University of Coimbra, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Portugal, on Monday, June 11, 2018