Three events this week

4:30PM, Scheide Caldwell 103
Reading by poet Nicholas Sammaras
The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies welcomes Nicholas Samaras, who will read from his new collection, American Psalm, World Psalm, a contemporary series of 150 numbered, titled psalms (ψαλμοί), or “songs.”  With a response by Albert Raboteau (emeritus, Religion).


6:30PM, Labyrinth Books
Reading by poet Mark Doty
Mark Doty (Rutgers) will read from his newly published work, Deep Lane: Poems. Doty is the author of several collections of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the 2008 National Book Award.

4:30PM, Chancellor Greene 105
Translator Pierre Joris reads Paul Celan
The Department of English and the Contemporary Poetry Colloquium welcome Pierre Joris, who will give a talk entitled “On Paul Celan.”

Spotlight on: ‘Radical Poetics, Radical Translation’ in Fall 2015

Here’s one highlight from the courses being offered in the fall. Check out our full list (under ‘Resources,’ above) for more.

Radical Poetics, Radical Translation (COM402 / TRA402) with Karen R. Emmerich, Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20. 

“This course invites students to consider not just what poems mean but how they mean and how that complicates, challenges, obscures, enlivens, or collides with the task of translation. We will look at forms of poetry that challenge the limits of the translatable, as well as radical translation methods that expand our notion of what translation is. Examples include poems written in made-up languages; unstable texts; homophonic and visual translation; erasure poetics; and multilingual poems. Exploring the places where poetry and translation meet (or diverge), we will put traditional concepts of originality and derivation to the test.”

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This Friday: Slam Poetry with Kit Yan at Princeton’s Wilson Black Box Theater


Nationally renowned spoken word artist Kit Yan will be on campus to do a slam poetry performance followed by a dinner discussion. Kit is a “queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet” who has made a career of touring mostly college campuses and giving performances, talks, and workshops based on his experiences with his intersecting identities through stories of “family, love, and social justice.” 

April 10, 2015 – 5:00pm

Wilson Black Box Theater, doors open at 4:30 PM