OMNIA Podcast: You Can’t Hurt a Poem, and Other Lessons from Charles Bernstein (AUDIO)

The award-winning poet looks back on his career.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

By Lauren Thacker 

Recorded and edited by Alex Schein

Now and then: Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature

In this episode, we talk to Charles Bernstein, inventive poet, writer of libretti, translator, archivist, and, since 2003, a member of Penn's faculty. Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature and co-director of PennSound. He retired from the Department of English at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Bernstein recounts his high school days as a theater buff and activist, how a poetry movement grew out of a trip to the Canadian rain forest, and the importance of audio archives. 

In 2019, Bernstein was awarded the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. The Bollingen Prize is given biennially by the Yale University Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry.

Read more about his retirement in the Spring 2019 issue of OMNIA