W.D. Ehrhart Poetry Reading

03/31/2020 - 3:00pm
Lexmark Room, Main Building, UK's campus
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Bill Ehrhart
William Daniel Ehrhart served 13 months in Vietnam. He subsequently earned bachelor's and master's degrees, and (at the age of 52) a doctorate. He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Winning Hearts and Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans. Exclusively a poet until he was almost 30, he has since written and published a wide variety of nonfiction prose from 400-word newspaper commentaries to 40-page scholarly essays to 400-page personal narratives.The influence of Ehrhart's encounter with the Vietnam War can readily be seen in his writing, but though he is known primarily as a "Vietnam War poet," in fact his subject matter ranges widely. He has written essays and articles on such topics as radio disc jockeys, tugboats on the Delaware River, the Internal Revenue Service, and a variety of modern and contemporary poets from William Wantling to Daniel Hoffman. His wife and daughter are major sources of inspiration for his poetry. His poems also reflect his respect for nature, his love of friends, his active engagement with the world around him, and his consternation at the human condition.
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