Margot Peters, author of Lorine Niedecker: A Poet's Life

Event date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 2:00pm

A Room of One's Own is proud to welcome local author Margot Peters for a reading from her biography of Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker.

author photo of Margot Peters

Lorine Niedecker (1903–70) was a poet of extraordinary talent whose life and work were long enveloped in obscurity. After her death in 1970, poet Basil Bunting wrote that she was “the most interesting woman poet America has yet produced . . . only beginning to be appreciated when she died.” Her poverty and arduous family life, the isolated home in Wisconsin that provided rich imagery for her work, and her unusual acquaintances have all contributed to Niedecker’s enigmatic reputation.

Margot Peters brings Lorine Niedecker’s life out of the shadows in this first full biography of the poet. She depicts Niedecker’s watery world on Blackhawk Island (near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin), where she was born and spent most of her life.

During her lifetime, Niedecker’s poetry was praised by a relatively small literary circle, including Zukofsky, William Carlos Williams, Robert Creeley, Denise Levetov, and Allen Ginsberg. Since her death much more of her surviving writings have been published, including a comprehensive edition of collected works and two volumes of correspondence. Through Margot Peters’s compelling biography, readers will discover Lorine Niedecker as a poet of spare and brilliant verse and a woman whose talent and grit carried her through periods of desperation and despair.

Event address: 
307 W Johnson St.
53703-2218 Madison
Lorine Niedecker: A Poet's Life Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780299285005
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 6th, 2011