Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux

Past Event: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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Dorianne Laux’s poetry steers through the lives and existences of her subjects, opening them up through vivid and surprising language, and a dedication to the tangible, sensual body as the physical touchstone which orients sensory and emotional engagement.

Laux was born in Augusta, Maine, in 1952, and has published many books of poetry, including The Book of Men (2011), Facts About the Moon (2005), Smoke (2000), and What We Carry (1994), as well as The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, a book of guidance, techniques, and exercises for aspiring authors co-authored with Kim Addonizio. Both What We Carry and Facts About the Moon were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also a contributing editor for Alaska Quarterly Review.

Writing of Facts About the Moon, in Virginia Quarterly Review, Lilah Hegnauer notes that Laux “takes readers through a gamut of images that have the effect of not only creating the intimacy the you and I of the poem share, but also the intimacy the poet shares with everything she encounters. . . Laux insists that there is a persistence in life that is not limited to the desire of humans for persistence (of love, of distinctive towns, of nature), but also includes persistence of life that is separate, and often unconcerned, with humanity.” (Spring 2006)

Before receiving her B.A. in English from Mills College in 1988, Laux worked as a gas station manager, sanatorium cook, donut holer, and maid. Her poetry radiates outward from the pure physical experience of life inside a living, feeling body, displaying both the surprising physicality and sensuality of language constructed through sensual experience and the honest appraisals of an eye that is both grounded and exuberant. Through her own experiences, Laux has “created an ever-expanding body of work in which the examined life is the common one, recognizable and shared, yet also transformed—each statement, feeling, fact set down with accuracy, original vision, and an unerring musicality and alertness.” (Jane Hirschfield)

Laux is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Poetry Prizes, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and another from the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, poet Joseph Millar, where she teaches at North Carolina State University.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.