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POSTPONED INDEFINITELY: Poets on Poetry: Galway Kinnell

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, this event has been postponed indefinitely.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Galway Kinnell moderated by Maria Sassi

Maria Sassi will present Galway Kinnell, his early years with Scottish and Irish parents. Kinnell produced eleven books of poetry, three books of prose and many translations including Rilke.  He received the Pulitzer for his Selected Poems and also the National Book award.  His early work involved procreation and immortality. But later he states his work became “looser and personal,” like his poem “Oatmeal.” One of his fellowships was in Paris, after which he began presenting his poems in many other countries.  We will cover two of his most famous poems When the Towers Fell and That Silent Evening. He lived in New York and taught at NYU for many years. Kinnell also lived in his beloved farmhouse in Sheffield, VT where he died in 2014.

Maria Sassi, who was the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut, is a prize-winning poet and playwright. Her first poetry collection, Rooted in Stars, now in its second printing, is part of The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her chapbook What I See presents ekphrastic poems, three of which have won international poetry prizes: the René Magritte Prize and the Salvatore Dali Prize. For many years, Maria Sassi taught creative writing with an emphasis on poetry at Hartford College for Women/University of Hartford, and she has sponsored and hosted poetry events at several venues including the Noah Webster House, Hartford’s Old State House, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Her work has been much anthologized and published by many literary journals.

Next event: 4/9/2020


Thursday, March 12, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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