Audio/Video Readings

September 17, 2014 – Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series

(Grand Rapids, Mich.) – On September 17, the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series presents poet and award-winning writer Gregory Orr. A master of short, lyric free verse, Orr is the author of eleven collections of poetry. His most recent volumes include: The River Inside the River, How Beautiful the Beloved, and Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved. His memoir, The Blessing, was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books of 2002.

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September 30, 2013 – PBS News Hour


 The untitled poem from Orr’s latest collection, “River Inside the River“ continues a sequence of poems on that theme.

The “beloved” can be any object of affection: a person, a place, a pet. And it is within those targets of love — and our relationships to them — that Orr finds meaning for his life. “Without any sense [of] the beloved, it seems to me the world goes dead, or the world goes just to self, which is even worse,” Orr said.

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January 11, 2013 – Poets in Person Episode 6

The Cortland Review invites you to Charlottesville, VA to visit poet Gregory Orr, his wife, the painter Trisha Orr, Georgie the dog, and their 4 cats. This video is provided in HD as part of our Poets in Person web series.

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October 9, 2008 – United States at the Third International Festival of the Languages of the Americas

December 15, 2008 — University of Virginia English professor and poet Gregory Orr represented the United States at the Third International Festival of the Languages of the Americas, held Oct. 9 at the Centro Cultural Universitario at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

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Additional videos of Gregory Orr may be found on YouTube.