The Centre College English program will sponsor a poetry reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, the Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Weisiger Theatre on campus. The event is part of the Centre College Reading Series, sponsored by the English program.
Wright's poems reflect deeply on human concerns, truth, nature and death. He became involved with poetry when he served in the army. Stationed in Verona, Italy, he began reading the poetry of Ezra Pound and Eugenio Monte, and was so taken by these poems that he began to experiment with his own poems and enjoyed the results.
After retiring from the army, he returned to the United States to study poetry at the University of Iowa, where he attended the famous Iowa Writers' Workshop and earned a master's degree. A few years later, Wright became one of the most famous and heralded poets in America.