Jay Rogoff to Read at Wells College

Prize-winning poet and writer will read from his latest collection

Author Jay Rogoff




7:30 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series welcomes writer Jay Rogoff for a reading of his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. Refreshments will be provided, and a question-and-answer session offers an opportunity to interact with the author. This event is free and open to the public.

Rogoff has just published his fourth book of poetry, The Art of Gravity, through Louisiana State University Press. Using a variety of traditional and experimental forms, the poetry in The Art of Gravity “explores the interactions between dance and our lives, from visionary ballets to our own attempts at dancing, whether a clumsy meringue in a classroom or a lindy hop at a drunken party. Its sonnet sequence, ‘Danses Macabres,’ updates the ancient Dance of Death motif with an extended look at dance and ultimate Gravity.”

Other poetry collections produced by Rogoff are The Long Fault (LSU, 2008), How We Came to Stand on That Shore (River City, 2003), and The Cutoff (Word Works, 1995). He received a 2010 Spring Garden Press’s Robert Watson Poetry Award for his manuscript Twenty Danses Macabre, awarded as a letterpress chapbook of the collection, and the Washington Prize for Poetry for his first book. He also won a 2010 Pushcart Prize.

Many journals have included Rogoff’s poetry and criticism, including Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Ploughshares, Salmagundi, and The Southern Review. He also writes dance criticism for The Hopkins Review and contributes to Ballet Review and The Saratogian.

Rogoff lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he teaches at Skidmore College.