Acclaimed poet and 2015 Sarabande Writer in Residence D. A. Powell offered a reading Sunday afternoon at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Visitors Center. He read previously-published poems as well as a selection of new work, including one poem dedicated to Bernheim Forest, the 14,000-acre private nature reserve where he is spending his month-long residency.
Powell is the fourth Sarabande Writer in Residence since the program was founded in partnership with Bernheim Forest in 2012. The Sarabande Writing Residency offers an annual retreat, two to six weeks in length, to a poet, fiction writer, or essayist at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 travel stipend and lodging in a private, fully equipped cottage on the Bernheim grounds. Residents offer two public readings or discussions during their tenure and may devote the rest of their time to writing in Bernheim's extensive forest, gardens, and arboretum.
D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Critic Stephen Burt, writing in the New York Times, said of D. A. Powell “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.”