Join us for a FREE lecture:
Sketching and Poetry
Lecture: Sketching and Poetry
Speaker: Brad Davis
Thursday, October 12th
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
Please join us for this interactive lecture and reading, Davis will describe the compositional process that has guided most of his work since the turn of the millennium, a process attentive to four horizons: oneself, one’s surroundings, the Mystery, and language (words, the image, the sentence, the line break, sense and nonsense).
Stony Brook resident Brad Davis, award-winning poet and author of eight poetry collections, learned to observe in high school art classes led by renowned artist and book illustrator Barry Moser and while at college studying with Figurative Expressionist Conger Metcalf. And yet, as early as the British Invasion of the mid-60's, songwriting became Davis's art of choice with occasional forays into theater and three-dimensional design. By 1971 when he ran away from boarding school, his creative ambition had shifted to the challenge of making “stand alone” poems—poetry that lived independently of instrumental music.
Influenced in college by the poetry of Coleridge, Hopkins, Whitman, and Sandberg, Davis eventually earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts where he studied with David Wojahn, Jack Myers, Jonathan Holden and Sydney Lea. Since then he has worked chiefly with poets Robert Cording and Gray Jacobik and has taught creative writing at College of the Holy Cross, Eastern Connecticut State University, Pomfret School and now The Stony Brook School. Individual poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Paris Review, Puerto del Sol, Image, DoubleTake, Spiritus, Connecticut Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review.