Poet Elizabeth Willis will deliver a lecture titled "Silent Letters, Talking Pictures, and the Punchdrunk Gospel of the Bone Man’s Dictionary," as part of the Program in Literary Arts' inaugural C.D. Wright Lecture series. Willis is the author of several books including "Alive: New and Selected Poems," which was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. A faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Willis is the author of essays on poetry, politics, gender and labor that have appeared in Transatlantica, Evening Will Come, Contemporary Literature, Arizona Quarterly and other journals. The lecture series honors the memory of poet C.D. Wright, who mentored generations of poets at Brown since 1983 before her passing. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.