Spring 2016

National Events


Tuesday, Sep 20, 7:00pm

Cambridge, MA

with David McCann, Chloe Garcia Roberts, & Patrick Sylvain, hosted by Martha Collins

Join us as Martha Collins hosts poets and translators David McCann, Chloe Garcia Roberts, and Patrick Sylvain, who will read from their translated works and share their insight on the process and experience of poetry translation.

David McCann's books of translations include Azaleas, Poems by Kim Sowôl (Columbia University Press, 2007), Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un (Tamal Vista Press, 2004), The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2004), and Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions (Columbia University Press, 2001). A collection of his original sijo poems in English, Urban Temple (Bo-Leaf, 2010), was published in a dual-language edition by Changbi Publishers in 2012, and Slipping Away, a p'ansori-style narrative poem, by Finishing Line Press in 2013.  His most recent book of poems, Same Bird, was published this year by Moon Pie Press.

Chloe Garcia Roberts is the author of The Reveal (Noemi Press) and the translator of Li Shangyin's Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Her work has appeared in the publications BOMBBoston ReviewA Public Space, and Interim Magazine among others. She lives in Boston and is managing editor for Harvard Review.

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, translator, and poet. He is an instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and he has taught at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Tufts University, and UMASS Boston. His work appears widely, including in Agni, Callaloo, Ploughshares, and more. He graduated as a Conant Fellow from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where he received his EdM, and also holds an MFA from Boston University, where he was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow. His latest book of translations is Love, Lust & Loss/Lanmou lanvi ak pèdans.

Admission is free.

First Parish Church, Helverson Parlor
One Church Street (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02138


Thursday, Dec 8, 7:00pm

Chicago, IL

with Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, & Major Jackson

The Poetry Society of America kicks off its new national series, Poetry and the Natural World, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to five cities and focus on poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, nature. In this first installment, we'll hear from Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, and Major Jackson.

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two collections of poetry, The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2011) and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove Press, 2003). He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from The Paris Review, Columbia University, and the New York State Writers Institute. Donnelly is a poetry editor at the Boston Review and a professor in the Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue; Suck on the Marrow; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award Silver Medal, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and a fellowship from the NEA. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. Her newest books, Trophic Cascade (poems) and Guidebook to Relative Strangers (essays), will be published in 2017.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll DeepHolding Company; Hoops; and Leaving Saturn, which was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654


Monday, Dec 12, 7:30pm

Washington D.C.

TRACY K. SMITH with Dr. David DeVorkin

In our annual celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday, award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith reads Dickinson's work and discusses the great significance of her legacy.

Tracy K. Smith has created verse that probes the universe, both interplanetary and inside ourselves. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction and selected as a Notable Book by the New York Times and Washington Post. Her most recent collection of poems, Life on Mars, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was also a New York Times Notable Book. She is currently the director of Princeton University's Creative Writing Program.

Dr. David DeVorkin, Senior Curator of Astronomy for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, joins Smith to talk about astronomy from a 19-th century perspective.

At the reception following the reading, Emily Dickinson's black cake is provided by The Suga Chef.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Admission is $15
Call 202-544-7077 for tickets.

For more information or visit www.folger.edu/poetry

Folger Theatre
Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE