Upcoming Visiting Writers:
John Morgan and Kesler Woodward
Friday October 3, 7pm at the Murie Auditorium
John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard, where he won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry. At the Iowa Writers Workshop, he earned an MFA and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 1976, Morgan moved to Fairbanks, where he taught for many years at the university and helped found the Midnight Sun Writers' Conference. He has published five books of poetry, most recently River of Light: A Conversation with Kabir, as well as a collection of essays. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The New Republic, the Paris Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other magazines. In 2009, he was selected to be the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. Annie Dillard writes that Morgan's poems "are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man."
An Alaska resident since 1977, Kesler Woodward is one of Alaska’s best-known artists. In order to paint full-time, he retired in 2000 as Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught for twenty years and served as Chair of the Art Department and of the Division of Arts and Communications.
Woodward's paintings are included in all major public art collections in Alaska and in museum, corporate and private collections on both coasts of the United States. Solo exhibits to his credit include the Morris Museum of Art, University of Alaska Museum, Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and public and commercial galleries throughout the U.S. Juried and invitational exhibitions including his work have ranged from Alaska to Brazil and Russia.
Woodward is equally well known as an art historian and curator. A former curator at the Alaska State Museum and Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska, he is the author of six books and numerous articles on the art of Alaska, has curated four major retrospective museum exhibits on the work of Alaska's most significant historical painters, and has lectured on the art of the circumpolar North from Alaska to Georgia, New England, and the British Museum in London.
In 2004, Kesler Woodward received the first Alaska Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and in 2012 he received the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Alaskan Artist Fellowship.