What: John Berryman at 100 Reception
When: October 24, 1:00 p.m. to October 26, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Free and open to the public.
This event is the kickoff of the three-day conference: “John Berryman at 100: A Centenary Conference at the University of Minnesota.” The conference runs from October 24 to Sunday, October 26, 1 p.m.
The conference is intended to celebrate the poet’s life and work and provide a forum for current scholarship about Berryman as well as responses to his work by contemporary poets from the United States and further afield.
About John Berryman
A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the poet John Berryman taught at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his death in 1972.
More than 40 years later, Berryman remains a subject of academic scholarship; every year, academics from around the world visit the Berryman special collections in Andersen Library. Berryman has also become a pop culture legend; at least three different rock songs — by Okkervill River, The Hold Steady, and Nick Cave — memorialize the poet.