The podcast of Catholic culture: 145

October 18, 2022

The Catholic Culture Podcast Network sponsored a poetry reading session at the fourth biennial conference on the Catholic imagination, hosted by the University of Dallas. Thomas Mirus moderated this session on September 30, 2022, featuring poets Paul Mariani, Frederick Turner and James Matthew Wilson.

Paul Mariani, a university professor emeritus at Boston College, is the author of twenty-two books, including biographies of William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Hart Crane, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Wallace Stevens. He has published nine volumes of poetry, most recently All that Will be New, by Slant. He also wrote two memoirs, Thirty Days and The Mystery of It All: The Vocation of Poetry in the Twilight of Modernism. His awards include scholarships from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA and NEH. He received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry and the Flannery O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Image, Poetry, Presence, The Agni Review, First Things, The New England Review, The Hudson Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review and The New Criterion.

Frederick Turner, Founding Professor of Humanities (Emeritus) at the University of Texas at Dallas, studied at the University of Oxford. Poet, critic, translator, philosopher and former editor of The Kenyon Review, he is the author of over 40 books, including The Culture of Hope, Genesis: An Epic Poem, Shakespeare’s Twenty-First Century Economics, Natural Religion and, most recently, Latter Days, with the books of the Colosseum. He has co-published several volumes of Hungarian and German poems in translation, including Goethe’s Faust Part One. He has been internationally nominated over 40 times for the Nobel Prize in Literature and translated into over a dozen languages.

James Matthew Wilson is president of the Cullen Foundation of English Literature and founding director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston. He is also a poet in residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, the editor of Colosseum Books and the poetry editor of Modern Age magazine. He is the author of twelve books, including The Strangeness of Good. His work has won the Hiett Prize, the Parnassus Prize, the Lionel Basney Prize (twice) and the Catholic Media Book Award for Poetry.