A Tribute to Paul Violi (1944-2011)

Friday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor at the New School.

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served.


Paul Violi was a distinguished poet and esteemed member of the New School faculty. A man of great integrity: a prince of a friend, a generous teacher, an inspiring poet. Widely admired by his peers, he is regarded as perhaps the most consistently inventive of the singularly talented generation of poets on whom the legacy of Ashbery, Koch, and O'Hara rested not as a burden but as an impetus toward poetic originality and freshness of vision and language. He taught poetry workshops and literature seminars for many years in the New School's MFA and Riggio programs. His classes were popular and in some cases, life-changing.

Hosted by Robert Polito, director and David Lehman, poetry coordinator, The School of Writing.