Audio: Rae Armantrout on her poetry, and how to be a literary tourist in San Diego. 

Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with Language Poets. She was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She has published more than 10 books of poetry and has been featured in numerous anthologies.

Armantrout teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics. She was awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection of poetry Versed, published by the Wesleyan University Press. The book later earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her work has been honored with an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

We met to discuss among other things, her poetry, William Carlos Williams, place, and how to be a literary tourist in San Diego.

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How to be a literary tourist in San Diego


Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with Language poetry. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She was the 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry for her collection Versed, a Guggenheim Fellow and the Recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award. Armantrout teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics. Her most recent collection, Partly: New and Selected Poems, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2016.

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