The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Gerald Stern
In this segment of the Writer’s Block, poet Gerald Stern analyzes his personal English, dishes out advice for young writers, and talks about using his cat as an audience.
Gerald Stern (Pittsburgh, 1925) is the author of 16 books of poetry, including most recently, In Beauty Bright; Save the Last Dance; This Time; and Stealing History, a kind-of memoir of one year, in 85 sections. His New and Selected Poems won the 1998 National Book Award. He was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets, was the 2010 recipient of the Medal of Honor in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was inducted into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress and 2014 winner of the Frost Medal. He has a new book of poems coming out in the fall titled Divine Nothingness.