Ishion Hutchinson

Poet Hutchinson to Read in Hartwick’s Visiting Writers Series

March 24, 2017

Award-winning Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson will read from his poetry on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel Hall, on the College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Martha Daniel ‘17 will open the event by reading her poem “On the Table,” which won the College’s 2017 Anna Sonder Prize of the Academy of American Poets.

Hutchinson is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. The latter was recently awarded the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Both books will be available for signing after the reading.

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. in 2006 for graduate studies. His work has also made him the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, a Lannan Writing Residency, and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

“Hutchinson comes to us from the country called music; he stuns the reader with the sheer symphony of his sentences,” writes Russian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Henri Cole calls Hutchinson’s poetry “luxurious and stern at once. His hammered language has a jazzy, classical, rough, painterly beauty.”

Hutchinson lives in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

The reading is presented under the auspices of the Department of English’s Visiting Writers Series and the Latin American/Caribbean Studies program at Hartwick College.

For more information on the event, contact Professor of English Dr. Robert Bensen at, or (607) 431-4902.