Boston Review Poetry Editor to Lecture at UM

October 27, 2015

Timothy Donnelly

MISSOULA – An award-winning poet who teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts will deliver a lecture at the University of Montana on Friday, Nov. 6.

Timothy Donnelly, poetry editor of Boston Review, will present the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, “Sighing: Audible Breath and Its Relation to Poetry,” at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Winner of the 2012 Kinglsey Tufts Poetry Award, Donnelly is the author of “Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit” and “The Cloud Corporation.” His chapbook “Hymn to Life” recently was published, and he is the co-author of “Three Poets” with John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien.

“Timothy Donnelly is our contemporary Wallace Stevens, taking a few cues from Ashbery,” said Joanna Klink, UM English professor and poet. “He is deep inside the bright sprawling energy of being alive.”

Donnelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper’s Magazine, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry and elsewhere. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, as well as fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The Bagley Wright Lecture Series is a nonprofit that provides leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry and poetics, and through financial and logistical support, to arrange for the delivery of several lectures that result from these investigations. For more information visit  

To learn more about the Creative Writing Program and Donnelly’s visit to UM, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 406-243-5267, email or visit http://

Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267,