gladnessDate & Time: February 1 | 7 PM
Location: PRINT in Portland

The MWPA and PRINT welcome award-winning poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher for a celebration of his new collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress (Graywolf, 2018), which discusses the various ways that poets develop their art over the course of their writing lives.

The evening will include a reading and conversation between Teicher and MWPA associate director Gibson Fay-LeBlanc.

Teicher will also be teaching “ILLUMINATED An Autobiographical Poetry Workshop” for the MWPA on Saturday, February 2 in Portland.


“The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays. We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged—by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance. We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out—or even scale the peak of the mountain.

A reviewer in the Christian Science Monitor writes, “Craig Morgan Teicher explains how poets teach themselves to write their best in his latest book (the title is from William Wordsworth). Teicher’s best insights are ultimately about poetry’s connection to the sublime.”


Craig Author Photo TTA ColorCraig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poetry, The Trembling Answers (BOA, 2017), which won the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; To Keep Love Blurry (BOA, 2012); and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (CLP, 2007), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Teicher also edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, 2016) and serves as a poetry editor for The Literary Review. He writes about books for many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The LA Times, and NPR and lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.