Poetry at The Dalí: Jeanne Larsen and Lola Haskins
Poetry at The Dalí is an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Each evening features Wallace joined by selected poets. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A. This evening, Jeanne Larsen and Lola Haskins read from their works.
Location: Will Raymund Theater
Helen Pruitt Wallace
Helen Pruitt Wallace serves as Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. She received a Florida Book Award for Shimming the Glass House, her first collection of poems, which was chosen for the 2007 Richard Snyder Prize and published by Ashland Poetry Press. A chapbook, Pink Streets, was published in 2016 by Yellow Jacket. Wallace’s individual poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, and she served as co-editor of the anthology Isle of Flowers published by Anhinga Press. She’s received a McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, The dA Center for the Arts Poetry Award, a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. After earning her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University, Wallace was a professor of poetry and nonfiction at Eckerd College. She currently serves as a trustee for the Dalí Museum where she helps host the Dalí Poetry Series.
Jeanne Larsen’s guilty pleasure is Homer’s Odyssey. Her latest book, What Penelope Chooses: poems (2019), won the Cider Press Review Book Award. Her other poetry books are Why We Make Gardens, and James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita, an AWP award series winner. She has also published two collections of translated poems by medieval Chinese women and four novels, as well as essays and short fiction. The recipient of various grants and awards, she was the inaugural Jackson Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. Jeanne has family roots in Florida; she grew up as an army brat, in many places, and now lives in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley. Photo by Sharon Meador.
Lola Haskins’ poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Review of Books, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her thirteenth collection of poems is Asylum: Improvisations on John Clare (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). Her prose work includes an illustrated book of fables about women, a guide to the poetic life, and a book of true stories from Florida cemeteries. She serves as Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poets Association. Other strokes of luck include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, the Florida’s Eden prize for environmental writing, and the Emily Dickinson Prize from Poetry Society of America. Visit her at lolahaskins.com.
Supported by the City of St. Petersburg Arts and Culture Grant
The Dalí is recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating; has been deemed “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL Travel News; and named one of the ten most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest. The building itself is a work of art, including a geodesic glass bubble, nicknamed The Enigma, featuring 1,062 triangular glass panels, a fitting tribute to Salvador Dalí’s legacy of innovation and transformation. Explore The Dalí anytime with the free Dalí Museum App, available on Google Play and in the App Store. The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.