Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.-Poet, translator and scholar David Ferry '46 will read from his work at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Cole Assembly Room on the first floor of Converse Hall. The reading, sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library, will be free and open to the public.
Ferry is Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College and Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University. His books of poetry and translation include his Epistles of Horace: A Translation (2001), Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations (1999), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The Odes of Horace: A Translation (1998), Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations (1993), Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1992), Strangers: A Book of Poems (1983), On the Way to the Island (1960) and The Limits of Mortality: An Essay on Wordsworth's Major Poems (1959).
The New York Times wrote of Of No Country I Know, "In these quiet poems dwell terror and sadness and uncertainty. So when Ferry displays his humor, it comes as a wonderful surprise." The book also won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize from Boston Book Review and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry.
Ferry's other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.