Since 1962, the University has been celebrating the life and poetic achievements of Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), critically-acclaimed poet and Rochester faculty member, by bringing the community readings by the finest contemporary literary artists. The Plutzik Series is one of the most prestigious and longest-running reading series in the country. Over the years, the Plutzik Series has featured a vast array of poets and fiction writers, the famous and not-yet famous.
This semester, the series will feature readings from Ellen Bryant Voigt (March 5) and Peter Ho Davies (April 23). Voigt has published seven volumes of poetry, including Kyrie (1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, Shadow of Heaven (2002), and Messenger: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of The Poets' Prize. Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, including selections for Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.