Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Sad Me of the Past Podcast

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Welcome to Sad Me of the Past, where we invite an established writer to revisit a piece they wrote in their tender years that fills them with affection, regret, nostalgia, embarrassment, relief, delight, anguish, all of the above, or something else entirely. 

Today we have Dan Beachy-Quick in the studio! Dan was in Iowa City as a guest lecturer for the Ancient Exchanges speaker series. His visit included a reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore and a talk titled, "The “All-Bell Cosmos” and the “Fundamental Eros”: Poems that Think, Thoughts that Sing, and the Ongoing Practice of Ancient Poetics."

Dan (we call him "DBQ") is basically a celebrity around here. He has been monumental in many of our journeys as writers -- Lauren was an undergrad in the first poetry class he ever taught as a grad student at the Workshop -- and his work has been a part of our writing lives for so long. WE LOVE HIM!

Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, essayist, and translator whose work has been long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry, and supported by the Monfort, Lannan, and Guggenheim Foundations. He is a alum of the Iowa teaches at Colorado State University, where he is a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar.

His three volumes of translations from ancient Greek are Stone Garland: Six Poets from the Greek Lyric Tradition, The Thinking Root: The Poetry of Earliest Greek Philosophy, and Wind—Mountain—Oak: The Poems of Sappho. His poetry collections include North True South Bright (2003); Spell (2004); Mulberry (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry; This Nest, Swift Passerine (2009); Circle's Apprentice (2011); Of Silence and Song (2017); and Variations on Dawn and Dusk (2019). He is also the author of A Whaler's Dictionary (2008).

This Ancient Exchanges speaker series talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Translation Program, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Department of English, and the Magid Center for Writing.