FLUSHING, NY, October 18, 2010—Compared to the poet Emily Dickinson by the New York Times, poet, author and translator Marilyn Hacker will read from her work at The New Salon in Queens at Queens College on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm in the Rosenthal Library Auditorium, Room 230. Alice Quinn, executive director of the Poetry Society of America and former longtime poetry editor of the New Yorker, will interview Hacker following her reading.
Marilyn Hacker’s work is a study in contrasts—at the same time political and personal, and traditional and radical. As a young wife and mother living in New York City’s East Village in the 60s and 70s, Hacker composed poetry that reflected the turbulent political times as well as the vivid environment of the bohemian community. She began her career as an editor and an antiquarian book dealer in London, where her work first gained notice and was published in British magazines such as Ambit and The London Magazine. Her first poetry collection, Presentation Piece, was published in 1974. Its combination of traditional forms such as sonnets and sestinas, coupled with an intensely personal tone and topic gained her instant recognition and earned her both the Lamont Poetry Prize and the National Book Award. The Washington Post Book World has described Hacker’s “radical formalism” as a “colloquial sublime.”
Hacker, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of 12 books of poems, including Names, Essays on Departure, and Desperanto. She is the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poets’ Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the American PEN Voelcker Award for poetry. She has also achieved renown for her work as a translater from the French including Nettles by the Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Marie Etienne’s ten volumes of poetry, King of a Hundred Horsemen, which received the 2007 Robert Fagles Translation Prize, and the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Hacker also published an essay collection, Unauthorized Voices. Born and raised in New York City, Hacker has taught at many leading universities. She currently resides in Paris.
The New Salon in Queens, established in February 2009, is a partnership between the Poetry Society of America (PSA)—the nation’s oldest poetry organization—and Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. It was inspired by the intimate literary exchanges of 17th century Paris, where noted intellectuals and arts patrons would open the drawing rooms (salons) of their apartments to artists, writers and others as intimate gathering places to discuss books, fashion, politics and business and to encourage support of the arts. An outer-borough extension of a popular Manhattan program, the QC-PSA series brings nationally recognized poets to the college, where they read from their work and engage in lively discussion.
Upcoming presentations of the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation MFA program will include readings by authors Ammiel Alcalay and Eileen Myles on November 15 at 6:30 pm in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall and poet Paul Muldoon, sponsored by Irish Studies, on December 7 at 5 pm in Rosenthal Library, Room 230. Contact MFA Director Nicole Cooley at Nicole.Cooley@qc.cuny.edu for more information.
The Rosenthal Library auditorium is accessible from the main entrance of the library (on the 3rd floor). Just after the main entrance, take the stairs to the right of the doors to the Louis Armstrong Archives. For directions to campus, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/WELCOME/DIRECTIONS/Pages/default.aspx. View a campus map at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions/3d/Pages/Home.aspx.
The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, introduced in fall 2008, offers a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty include novelist John Weir, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers prize in poetry; playwright Richard Schotter, Obie award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award in poetry; Nicole Cooley, who directs the MFA program, winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. Susan Bernofsky is teaching translation as this year’s visiting professor in the program. Among the program’s past visiting professors are Rigoberto Gonzalez, Cave Canem fellow Aracelis Girmay, and poet and author Jocelyn Lieu. For more information on the program, visit www.qc.cuny.edu/Creative_Writing.
The Poetry Society of America was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the PSA works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. Learn more at http://www.poetrysociety.org/.