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C.K. Williams

Poet C.K. Williams visits

C.K. Williams, who teaches creative writing at Yale University and is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for Poetry, was honest and to the point during a two-hour Q&A session with students in Creative Writing associate director Christine Gelineau’s Writers and Other Artists class.

When asked if he still lacks confidence as a writer, he said, “It never goes away. It goes away for moments at a time, for days at a time.” Moments and days at a time have added up to an impressive oeuvre: Williams has published 21 books of poetry, four translations, a memoir, a book of essays and two children’s books. His most recent collection, Wait, won Binghamton’s Milton Kessler Poetry Award.

Williams read from Wait and some of his other works the night before the session with Gelineau’s students. At the reading, he was given the Kessler Award by Professor Maria Mazziotti Gillan, herself an award-winning poet and the director of Binghamton University’s Creative Writing Program.

—Nicholas Wilsey.

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Last Updated: 12/15/12