David Ferry, award-winning poet and translator, will give a reading as part of the Working Writers Series. The event, sponsored by the College's Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public.
Ferry is Hart Professor of English, Emeritus, at Wellesley College; he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Suffolk University and has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Boston University. His most recent books of poetry are 'Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations' and 'On This Side of the River Selected Poems.' His translations, all published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, are 'The Georgics of Virgil' (2005), 'The Epistles of Horace' (2001), 'The Eclogues of Virgil' (1999), 'The Odes of Horace' (1997), and 'Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse' (1992).
His prizes and awards are many and include the National Book Award, The Ruth B Lilly Prize, from the Poetry Foundation, The Golden Rose from the New England Poetry Club, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry and translation.
His wife, who died in 2006, was Anne Ferry, the distinguished literary scholar and critic and his children are Elizabeth Emma Ferry, an anthropologist, and Stephen Ferry, a photojournalist.