Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Ghassan Zaqtan with Fady Joudah

Please note that due to a delay in receiving a visa to travel to the United States, Ghassan Zaqtan will not be able to join us at this event. Fady Joudah will read from, and discuss, his translations of Zaqtan's poems, and a video of Zaqtan will be presented.

The author of many collections in Arabic, Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan reads from and discusses his visceral, narrative poetics with fellow poet and translator Fady Joudah.

Passwords: Cole Swensen on 19th Century French Poetry

Poet and translator Cole Swensen discusses the Symbolist poets in late 19th century France, with close readings of poems by Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire alongside other poets of the time, including Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

Passwords: Eamon Grennan on W.B. Yeats

Eamon Grennan gives an overview and offers close readings of several poems by the great Irish modernist.

Annual Chapbook Festival

This celebration of the chapbook presents readings, panel discussions, workshops and a book fair.

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Passwords: Mark Doty on Walt Whitman

National Book Award winning poet Mark Doty leads a close reading of Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself,” as well as other works from Leaves of Grass.

The Life and Work of Hans Faverey with Renee Gladman, Francis R. Jones, Eliot Weinberger and Jeffrey Yang

This evening celebrates the life and work of Surinam-born Dutch poet Hans Faverey, described by J.M. Coetzee as “the purest poetic intelligence of his generation.”

Quincy Troupe on the Craft of Poetry

Poet Quincy Troupe talks about poetic forms and approaches to craft as exemplified by American poetry along with a discussion of his own poetic innovations.

Panel on John Keats with Michael Harper, Judith Harris, Stanley Plumly and Anne Wright

Stanley Plumly, author of Posthumous Keats, is joined by poets Michael Harper, Judith Harris and Anne Wright for a discussion of the life and work of this beloved Romantic poet.

Passwords: K. Silem Mohammad on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth

Poet K. Silem Mohammad discusses Coleridge and Wordsworth’s collaboration, Lyrical Ballads, in the context of each poet’s development.


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