Thursday, February 18, 2021

Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading today with Peter Balakian and Susan Barba

Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Readings

Spring 2021 virtual reading:

Award-Winning Poet Peter Balakian with BU Alumna Susan Barba
The Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Series
Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm EST

Click here to join us on Zoom!

Photo by Mark DiOrio

Peter Balakian is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as well as Ziggurat (2010) and June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 (2001). His newest book of poems, No Sign, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press this year.

Balakian’s prose includes The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (2004) and his memoir, Black Dog of Fate. He is co-translator of Girgoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1918, (Knopf, 2009). He is also the author of a book on the American poet Theodore Roethke and the co-translator of the Armenian poet Siamanto’s Bloody News from My Friend. Between 1976-1996 he edited with Bruce Smith the poetry journal Graham House Review. His prose and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, TheChronicle of Higher Education, Salon, The Daily Beast, Tikkun, The Guardian, LA Times, Art in America, and others.

He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Presidential Medal and the Moves Khoranatsi Medal from the Republic of Armenia, The Spendlove Prize for Social Justice, Tolerance, and Diplomacy (recipients include President Carter), a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has appeared widely on national television and radio (60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, Charlie Rose, Fresh Air, etc), and his work has appeared in a many languages including Armenian, Bulgarian, French, Dutch, Greek, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Turkish. He is a Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University.

Photo by Sharona Jacobs

Susan Barba is the author of geode (2020), which was a finalist for the New England Book Awards, and Fair Sun (2017), which was awarded the Anahid Literary Prize from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, Raritan, and elsewhere, and her poetry has been translated into German, Armenian, and Romanian. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She works as a senior editor for the New York Review Books.

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