The 2020 Gunnison Valley Literary Festival
August 28 - 30
When: August 28 - 30, 2020
Cost: Prices Vary
Where: The Center and Online
The GVLF is co-hosted by the Gunnison Arts Center.
feautred poet Don Paterson
Don Paterson, originally from Dundee, Scotland, is a Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. He is the author of seven books of poetry, and also works as a guitarist and composer.
Paterson has twice won both the Whitbread/Costa Poetry Prize (2003, 2015) and the T S Eliot Prize (1997, 2003), along with a number of other awards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, all three Forward Prizes (1994, 2009, 2010) and a Cholmondeley award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.
He has published two books of aphorism, The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004) and The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007), and a compendium, Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008); a third is in preparation. His criticism include Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Faber, 2010) and Smith: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy. He has also edited a number of anthologies, including 101 Sonnets (Faber, 1999), New British Poetry (with Charles Simic, Graywolf, 2001), Train Songs (With Sean O’Brien, Faber 2013) and The Zoo of the New (with Nick Laird, Penguin 2016).
He has also written drama for the stage and for radio, and for some time worked as a video games reviewer for the Times.He is interested in linguistic and cognitive approaches to ars poetica, and an extensive work on poetic theory, The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre, is forthcoming.