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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Reading Like a Writer: Poetry

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Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he selected just the right word to create an unforgettable poetic moment? In these four sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of poetry, in conversation with the poets themselves: Stephanie Burt (Advice from the Lights), Myronn Hardy (Radioactive Starlings), and Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons in Expulsion). Our host is Alicia Anstead, associate director at the Office for the Arts at Harvard.

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Alicia Anstead

Alicia Anstead is a journalist, editor, and educator. She is currently the associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University and is the editor-in-chief of Inside Arts Magazine, produced by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Anstead cofounded the Harvard Arts Beat blog and is a contributor to both WGBH radio and NPR. Anstead has also served as the editor-in-chief of The Writer, one of the... Read More →

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Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is an expert in American poetry, both in its composition and its critique. She has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics” of her generation by the New York Times. Burt also teaches at Harvard University, sharing with students not only her expertise in poetry, but also LGBTQ literature and graphic novels and comics. She is the author of several texts on poetry, including Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (2009), The Forms of Youth: Twentieth-Century Poetry and Adolescence (2007), and The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (2016). Her essays have been featured in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. She has also published collections of poetry, Belmont (2013), and her latest, Advice from the... Read More →
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Myronn Hardy

Myronn Hardy is an award-winning poet. His poetry collection Approaching the Center (2001) was awarded the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, while The Headless Saints (2008) won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His 2012 collection, Catastrophic Bliss, won the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of Kingdom (2015). Additionally, his poems have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, FIELD, Indiana Review, Versal (Amsterdam), Rattle, and Callaloo, among others. His newest collection is Radioactive Starlings... Read More →
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Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez may not be a perfect Mexican daughter, but she is an accomplished poet, essayist, and novelist. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, she traveled to Madrid on a Fulbright Scholarship. She also earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Boston Common Hotel Carver 40 Trinity Place