We’re excited to announce the opening of a very special exhibition at The University of Rochester that has been created with wide ranging participation from the University of Rochester community, led by Phillip Witte (UR 2010), who is currently a graduate student in English at the University of Michigan.
For 50 years, the Plutzik Reading Series has brought major voices in contemporary writing to campus. The series was established following the death in 1962 of Hyam Plutzik, the John H. Deane Professor of Rhetoric and Poetry — to honor and carry out in a formal way Professor Plutzik’s frequent practice throughout his UR teaching career of offering readings of his own poetry, and inviting readings by other visiting writers as well.
For this exhibit, the University of Rochester has invited students and alumni who have filled the audiences of Series readings to contribute brief commentaries on the work of several dozen of the nearly 300 past Readers–including the likes of Elizabeth Bishop, Edward Albee, Adrienne Rich, Bernard Malamud, Anthony Hecht, Angela Carter, and Allen Ginsberg–as a way of continuing the conversation about literature which each event sparks. For each featured Series reader the exhibit includes a first edition or two as well as a photograph and brief bio-bibliography. A large section of the exhibit also revisits an earlier display on the Life and Work of Hyam Plutzik, who held his own readings in the Welles Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library, just down the stairs from the permanent home of The Plutzik Poetry Library and Archive which is the home of this exciting exhibit.
FIFTY YEARS OF POERY, FICTION, AND CONVERSATION is on display until January 11, 2013 in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. For Saturday viewing hours call: (585) 275-4477.