Edmund Berrigan was born with poetry in his blood.
His father, Ted Berrigan, was a well-known and respected “late-Beat” poet and writer. According to the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation, his mother, Alice Notley, has become “one of America’s greatest living poets.”
Notley spoke at Pensacola State College in 2019 as part of the Lyceum Series.
Berrigan’s brother Anselm Berrigan is also a poet. And yes, Edmund Berrigan is a poet too.
The New York writer shared his experiences and stories with students and community members during a lecture and poetry reading on March 13 on the Pensacola campus. PSC Associate Professor Sara Smith and Assistant Professor Jamey Jones, faculty editors of the College’s two literary journals, “The Kilgore Review” and “Hurricane Review.” hosted Berrigan’s visit.
Edmund Berrigan is the author of various poetry collections and is co-editor, along with his mother and brother, of “The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan” and “The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan.” He also worked for 20 years as a copy editor.
Berrigan “was a great choice because he is a published poet who has also held many diverse editing positions,’’ Jones said. “His parents are poetry heavyweights. His talk was about all of those things together.”
Jones said the event was “aimed at benefiting our student writers who are also editors of both journals, as well as The Corsair (the College student newspaper).”