Winter With the Writers

Barbara Hamby

Barbara Hamby is the author of six books of poems, most recently Bird Odyssey (2018). Hamby teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar.

Event Details
Barbara Hamby: Reading

Event Details

Master Class: February 21, 4 p.m., SunTrust Auditorium.

Reading: February 21, 7:30 p.m., Bush Auditorium.

Speaker Bio

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BARBARA HAMBY is the author of six books of poems, most recently Bird Odyssey (2018) and On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems (2014), both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which also published Babel (2004) and All-Night Lingo Tango (2009). She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in Poetry and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Yale Review. She has also edited an anthology of poems, Seriously Funny (Georgia, 2009), with her husband David Kirby. She teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar.

Barbara Hamby is the Irving Bacheller Chair this spring and will teach a one-credit class meeting Tuesday, February 19 from 1-4 and Friday, February 22 from 10-1. Here's the class description: "Can serious poetry be funny? Chaucer and Shakespeare would say yes, and so do the nearly 200 poems in this anthology. This workshop will explore the many ways contemporary poets address serious subject with absurdity, mordant wit, slapstick, pratfalls, screams of laughter, gallows humor, and just plain weirdness. The first class will look at examples starting with the Beats and the New York School and continuing with poets who are writing today. The second class will be a workshop that will leave you with a seriously funny poem of your own.