UM: Poetry

Writing in the New Yorker, former University of Michigan professor Donald Hall describes poetry readings by himself and others, including one organized by Bert Hornback, who also taught at UM: “On a January day in the eighties, he borrowed the university’s Rackham Auditorium, sold tickets for a joint poetry reading – five-fifty each, fifty cents for Ticketmaster – and invited some friends to do a joint reading: Wendell Berry, Galway Kinnell, and Seamus Heaney. On a Friday night – against a basketball home game, against the Chicago Symphony – Bert filled eleven hundred seats with paying poetry fans…It was said that scalpers charged as much as fifty dollars.” [Source]