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New Film about Robert Bly to be released

"Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy"
Film is now in the final stages of production. Here's the trailer of the film by award-winning director Haydn Reiss. Check back here for updates on this highly anticipated DVD release.

Readings by Writers

Robert Bly, Louis Jenkins, Freya Manfred, Thomas R. Smith.
April 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Historic University Club
420 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota

2013 Weekly seminars in Minneapolis on Robert Bly

Mondays, Mar 25 - Apr 29, 2013
OLLI course #16030: ROBERT BLY IN THIS WORLD, led by Jim Lenfestey, with guests Thomas R. Smith and Mark Gustafson,
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis on Mondays.
Registration starts March 5, go to
or Google "OLLI Minnesota".
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. So.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robert Bly named as Poetry Society of America's Frost Medalist

Announcing the 2013 Frost Medalist, Robert Bly:
The Poetry Society of America is honored to announce that Robert Bly is the 2013 recipient of the organization's highest award, the Frost Medal, presented annually for "distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry." Previous winners of this award include Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Lucille Clifton, Charles Simic, and Marilyn Nelson who was the 2012 recipient.

The 2013 Annual Awards ceremony, which will celebrate all the winners of the 14 annual PSA awards, will take place  on Friday, April 5th, in New York City at the National Arts Club. Announced on 02/12/13 by the Poetry Society of America

Robert Bly’s New Selected Poems Due From Norton in September

Stealing Sugar from the Castle: the Selected Poems of Robert Bly:
In 2013 W. W. Norton is scheduled to publish Stealing Sugar from the Castle: the Selected Poems of Robert Bly. Selected from more than ten volumes of poetry from 1950 through 2005, and including Bly’s National Book Award-winning volume The Light Around the Body, Stealing Sugar from the Castle showcases the brilliant career of this American master, as he moves from the rich, earthy simplicity of Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962), through the wild, yet intricately formal ghazals of My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy (2005). Watch this space for updates on events celebrating the publication of Stealing Sugar from the Castle.

American Swedish Institute — April 2, 2013

Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer:
On Tuesday, April 2, Robert Bly and friends will celebrate the publication of Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, 7 p.m. Editor Thomas R. Smith will introduce Bly and Swedish scholar Roland Thorstensson, who will read an exchange of letters between Bly and Tranströmer. The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407.

Review of this event for the Star Tribune, 4/3/2013
Robert Bly reads to a packed house - Posted by: Laurie Hertzel

Minneapolis: — October 13, 2011

Winning work, seeded under the North Star:
Nobel Prize for Literature: As much an award for translator Robert Bly
—by Mark Gustafson

"What Stories Do We Need" — March 21, 2011 - — posted this month a transcribed excerpt of one of Robert's classic thought provoking and timeless recordings. It reminds us that we all carry a personal mythology, but the stories we tell ourselves may not be entirely true... Recorded live at The New York Open Center

St. Paul: Minnesota's First Poet Laureate — February 27, 2008

Robert Bly recognized as Minnesota's first Poet Laureate: MPR
—by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

Chicago: — October, 2005

Poetic Vision: Robert Bly talks about politics, protests and piloting life’s river of ruin. —By Marla Donato

Minneapolis: — January, 2004

Robert Bly: The Dude Abides
The Rake takes up a seat at the feet of the master.

Editorial: — October 17, 2004

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.. here to see full article...

Press Release: — 2004

The Insanity of Empire: A Book of Poems Against the Iraq War.

the insantity of empire

In this 2004 release, Robert Bly collects some of his earlier poems and adds new poems that address the Iraq War and some of the ominous implications of that serious step taken by the Republican administration.

This collection also includes five new poems in the ghazal form, a form that contributed to the power of his book The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, published by HarperCollins in 2001. These poems include the now-famous poem "Call and Answer," which was one of the first poems written against the war, published in The Nation in August of 2002. Bly's new poems reach for that larger voice to which he has always been committed.

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