A reading by Toi Derricotte - Poet
(The Undertaker's Daughter; Tender; The Black Notebooks)
Toi Derricotte, who retired as a professor of English at the
University of Pittsburgh, is well known for her books of poetry and the power
behind her writing. Her books of poetry are The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011),
Tender (1997), which won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize, Captivity (1989),
Natural Birth (1983), and The Empress of the Death House (1978). Derricotte’s
The Black Notebooks is a literary memoir that won the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book
Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her
honors include election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American
Poets and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, given to a poet whose
distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and
accomplished presence in American literature.
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