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New and Recent Poems from “Cinder”:
Acclaimed American poet, literary and art critic, and translator Susan Stewart will present us a reading of her new and recent poems, in particular from her latest collection Cinder: New and Selected Poems (2017). Her new book of prose is The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture, just out from the University of Chicago Press in 2020. This event will be introduced by Fiona Sze-Lorrain, a 2019-20 Abigail R. Cohen Fellow at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination. This event will take place in English.
Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, and was from 2009 to 2017 the Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. A former MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work includes six earlier critical studies, such as The Poet’s Freedom (2011), and Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002), winner of the Christian Gauss award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Truman Capote Award. Stewart has also authored six books of poems, most recently Cinder: New and Selected Poems (2017), Red Rover (2008), and Columbarium (2003), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She, too, has translated books of fiction and poetry by Italian writers Laudomia Bonanni, Alda Merini, and Milo De Angelis, and more classical work such as Euripides. She will deliver the 2020 Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University.