Writing Contests and Awards
Find out about BCCC's Writing Contests and Awards
Posters from the 1960s publicizing the BCCC Poetry Reading Series. Robert Creeley, Adrienne Rich, Imamu Amiri Baraka and Allen Ginsburg ("with cushion and guitars") were among the first of many distinguished literary guests.
Since the sixties, the Department has featured some of the most ditinguished, controversial and admired poets of our times. The list reads like a catalog of contemporary poets: Louis Ginsberg, Galway Kinnel, John Knoepfle, Lucian Stryk, Wliiam Stafford, Richard Hugo, Kenneth Koch, Nikki Giovanni, Carolyn Forche, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Denise Levertov, David Ignatow, Joseph Brodsky, Philip Levine, James Tate, Wendell Berry, Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, Robert Bly, John Logan, Carol Muske, Tess Gallagher, Maxine Kumin, W. D. Ehrhardt, and James Dickey. The 1974 academic years featured, among others, Etheridge Knight, Charles Simic, Gary Snyder, John Logan, and Carolyn Kizer, all very accomplished poets even then. The years before we heard from alumni-student poets, poets on the faculty, Robert Creeley, Alan Dugan, Judith Sherwin, Adrienne Rich, and W. D. Snodgrass.
But we have enjoyed the new and promising generation of American poets: Charles Martin Espada, Poetry readings have been sponsored by the BCCC Cultural Affairs Committee, the Human Rights Club, and the Tyler Literary Society.