C.K. Williams

Sometimes cooly objective, sometimes amused or beguiled, and sometimes enraged, Newark native C. K. WILLIAMS is an unrelenting observer of human foibles, including his own.  His poems can be scathing whether treating issues of politics, injustice and race or turning inward to confront his own failures weakness; they can also be incredibly tender in their capacity for empathy and recognizing shared humanity. Endlessly inquisitive and reflective over a career that has spanned decades, from book to book Williams remains unpredictable regarding where he will next turn his gaze.  The author of numerous books of poetry, including Wait: Poems (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010); Collected Poems (2007); The Singing (2003), which won the National Book Award; Repair (1999), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Vigil (1997); A Dream of Mind (1992); Flesh and Blood (1987), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Tar (1983); With Ignorance (1997); I Am the Bitter Name (1992); and Lies (1969).

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Reading and Conversation
Sharon Dolin, John Murillo, C.K. Williams
Prudential Hall

Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Henri Cole, Sharon Dolin, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Kurtis Lamkin, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limón, Thomas Lux, Rachel McKibbens, Taylor Mali, Joseph Millar, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Larissa Szporluk, Natasha Trethewey, C.K. Williams, Raúl Zurita
Prudential Hall


Festival Poet Readings
Thomas Lux, Larissa Szporluk, C. K. Williams, Raúl Zurita, Paul Legault
Victoria Theatre

Poets on Poetry
C. K. Williams
North Star Academy Gym


Conversation: On Craft
C. K. Williams
Newark Museum

Readings & Music
Nikky Finney, Henri Cole, Dorianne Laux, C. K. Williams, Patricia Smith, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Quartet
Prudential Hall


Festival Poet Readings
Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Salgado Maranhão, C. K. Williams
Prudential Hall

Conversation: American Poetries
Sharon Dolin, Kurtis Lamkin, Ada Limón, C. K. Williams
Newark Museum