Poet Robert Pinsky, visiting lecturer at Harvard, spoke and read from his work in the Josselyn Living room.  Pinsky’s first collection, Sadness and Happiness was published in 1975, and An Explanation of America appeared in 1980. 

Writing in the The New York Times Book Review, the influential Irish-American critic and teacher Denis Donoghue said of Pinsky’s collection of essays The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1978), “The mind at work…is lively, fresh, and critical without being obsessed by the rigor of criticism. [Pinsky's] comments are brief, vivid, distinct… and his taste is excellent.”