Charles Martin to give Haines Lecture - poetry reading

  • on 9 Apr 2014
  • Convocation Hall
charles martin

Poet and translator Charles Martin will give a reading as the 2014 Haines Lecture in English Literature in Convocation Hall. 

Martin is equally accomplished as an original poet and as a student and translator of Latin verse. His works in the former category include Room for Error (1978), Steal the Bacon (1987), and What the Darkness Proposes (1996), and in the latter, both a translation of The Poems of Catullus (1995) and a critical study of that poet. In 2002 his Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the Lemore Marshall Prize from the American Academy of Poets, and in 2004 his translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses won that organization's Harold Morton Landon Award for translation. In 2005, the American Academy of Arts and Letters honored him with the coveted Award for Literature. His most recent books are Signs & Wonders, a new collection of poems, and a collaborative translation (with Gavin Flood) of the Bhagavad Gita. Martin has been a frequent visitor to the Mountain during the summer, teaching at both the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the School of Letters.

The Stacy Allen Haines Memorial Lectureship was established in memory of Stacy Haines, who became a Sewanee resident following his retirement from Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Chicago. It supports visiting lecturers and imaginative young writers the subjects of whose readings are pertinent to the English literature program.

Photo courtesy of Mary Stafford