Palestinian Taha Muhammad Ali's poetry is driven by a storyteller's vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty. This evening illuminates his life and work through readings by him and award-winning translator Peter Cole.
In a rare New York appearance, noted Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar reads from his work in Bengali and English translation and discusses the contemporary Bengali literary scene. He will be joined by poets Suji Kim, Dante Micheaux, Sonia Mukherji, R. A. Villanueva and special guest Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
Cecilia Vicuña, co-editor of The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, introduces an evening of acclaimed poets reading 500 years of Latin America poetry, from the oral poetries of the Guaraní and Tzotzil women to César Vallejo and Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author and editor of over 20 volumes, leads a round table session for adults that explores how poetry can help us navigate the different phases of our lives—from youth to old age—while examining such issues as absence and presence, loss and discovery. Nye will share her own work about the death of her father and her experience editing an anthology of poems by young poets.