John Redmond & Forrest Gander
In November 2015, the Miriam Allott Series featured two events with the new Hope Street Writer in Residence, American poet and translator Forrest Gander. This event, held in the School of the Arts Library, also featured a reading from John Redmond, one of the University's Creative Writing Readers.
John Redmond is the author of two collections, Thumb's Width (2001) and MUDe (2008), and his third, The Alexandra Sequence, will be published by Carcanet in 2016. As well as his poetic output, John Redmond is also the editor of James Liddy: Selected Poems (2011) and the author of the textbook How to Write a Poem (2005) and a critical text, Poetry and Privacy: Questioning Public Interpretations of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (2013).
Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert, and has spent significant periods in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas before moving to Rhode Island. He received an MA in literature from San Francisco State University after initially training in Geology. His knowledge of geology has continued to inform his work throughout thirteen poetry collections, a selection of essays, and many collections of translations, including the work of Mexican poet Coral Bracho and the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.