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Graffiti: New Poems

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Ghost in a Red HatGraffiti: New Poems

Rosanna Warren

Rosanna Warren will read poems from her most recent collection, Ghost in a Red Hat, and from a forthcoming chapbook, Graffiti. In Ghost in a Red Hat, Warren draws inspiration from her life and from the works of other artists, classical and contemporary, real and imagined. Warren explores the political and the personal through myth, history, elegy, and erotic lyric. She traces themes, both ancient and modern, in a voice compelling and deeply persuasive.

Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her most recent books of poems are Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011). She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others.

The Boston Athenæum presents this event in celebration of National Poetry Month. Exploring the Athenæum’s collections is a perfect way of investigating Warren’s interests in the relationships between literature and the visual arts, and between classical and modern literature.

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