We are overwhelmed with gratitude that we, Lucas Spiro and Matt Hanson, were able to spend this episode with Pulitzer prize winning critic, poet, and teacher Lloyd Schwartz. We talk about his life, his poetry, his teaching, and the many incredible writers, poets, and people he’s met. Lloyd is a professor at UMass Boston and the recently named poet laureate of Somerville, MA. We also cover a couple of pieces in the magazine about a blackface confession, and the latest season of True Detective.
Stick around for the poetry of Richard Milhous Nixon, too. Lloyd gives an excellent reading.
Lloyd Schwartz has been a teacher and advocate of poetry for many years.
He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His poetry collections include These People; Goodnight, Gracie; Cairo Traffic; and most recently, Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press). His poems have been published in, among many other journals, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Agni, Consequence, and Ploughshares, and have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry (three times), and The Best of the Best American Poetry. An authority on the poet Elizabeth Bishop, he co-edited the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, & Letters and edited the centennial edition of Bishop’s Prose. He’s also the classical music critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and the Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s the ARTery. His reviews for Fresh Air are collected in Music In—and On—the Air. For many years, he was the Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He has lived in East Somerville since 1984.
Lucas Spiro is a writer living outside Boston. He studied Irish literature at Trinity College Dublin and his fiction has appeared in the Watermark. Generally, he despairs. Occasionally, he is joyous.