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Poetry Reading by Kaveh Akbar
September 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Blue House Visiting Writers Series will host a reading by poet Kaveh Akbar at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the Borgia Gallery. An author reception will be held in conjunction with this reading.
Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in September 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic.
Poet Eduardo C. Corral has dubbed Calling a Wolf a Wolf “one of the best debuts in recent memory.”
“In his hands, awe and redemption hinge into unforgettable and gorgeous poems,” Corral added.
A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and is a visiting professor of poetry in the Purdue University MFA program.
“Akbar’s mind, like his language, is perpetually in motion. His imagery — wounded and resplendent — is masterful, and his syntax ensnares and releases music that’s both delicate and muscular,” Corral said.