The Dr. Carl Calendar Visiting Writers Series Presents Award-Winning Poets Jennifer Franklin and Oliver de la Paz
Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry and is the co-editor of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry.
About his most recent book, A Boy in the Labyrinth: “In a long sequence of prose poems, questionnaires, and standardized tests, The Boy in the Labyrinth interrogates the language of autism and the language barriers between parents, their children, and the fractured medium of science and school.”
Jennifer Franklin is the author of No Small Gift and Looming. She directs and teaches at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and is coeditor of Slapering Hol Press.
About her most recent book No Small Gift: “Grave illness, profound disability, and stunning cruelty and betrayal are Franklin’s catalysts in No Small Gift: turning the chaos of her trauma into meaning, rediscovering a voice embedded under sutures and scars, making a whole from rent parts.”
All events are free and open to the public.
The Dr. Carl Calendar Visiting Writers Series National Book Award Finalist, Poet, and Memoirist Carolyn Forche
Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm
Poet, teacher, and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. Author of six award-winning collections of poems, a memoir, and numerous non-fiction books, Forché is perhaps best-known for coining the term “poetry of witness.”
About her recent memoir What You Have Heard Is True: “In this searing, vital memoir, Carolyn Forché at last reveals the dark stories behind her famous early poems: she brings alive the brutality, complexity and idealism of El Salvador in the late 1970s, a time of revolution that echoes all too painfully in the present.” – Claire Messud