Poetry and Diplomacy with Busboys and Poets Books
Date and Time
Aug 30, 2018 6:00 pm
Aug 30, 2018 6:00 pm
Join Busboys and Poets for a poetry reading and discussion with an incredible group of poet-diplomats who have lived throughout the world and written about joys and sufferings, dreams and disappointments, cultural diversity, unique customs and ways of life across continents, from rapturous white nights of St. Petersburg to snows of Mt. Everest, from the seven cities of Delhi to spaceships in Brasilia, these bards have unforgettable stories to share. They belong to the tribe and lineage of poet-diplomats which includes Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, George Seferis, St. John Perse, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriela Mistral, Cesla Milosz who celebrated the beauty and suffering of the world in their poems and gave us great literature. Don't miss it. Make it to an evening to remember.
AbhayK. is the author of two memoirs and seven poetry collections and the editor of CAPITALS (Bloomsbury) and 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury). He received the SAARC Literary Award 2013. His poems have appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, The Asia Literary Review, Gargoyle, Hawk and Whippoorwill, The Galway Review, Eastlit, The Seventh Quarry, and Indian Literature among others.
Indran Amirthanayagam (http://indranamirthanayagam.blogspot.com) is a poet, journalist, musician, culture critic and diplomat. He writes in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and Portuguese, and has published thirteen poetry collections thus far, including The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 1993) which won the 1994 Paterson Prize in the United States. Amirthanayagam's essays and op-eds have been published in the New York Times, the Hindu, Reforma, El Norte, The Indian Express, and The Deccan Chronicle, among other newspapers. His theater criticism appeared in the Westsider and the Chelsea-Clinton News in New York City (1986- 1992). Indran directs Poetry at the Port, a monthly open mic and featured reading at Port Au Prince restaurant, 7912 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.
Simon Schuchat is a retired American diplomat with over twenty-five years of service, whoworked on the Russia and Japan desks at the State Department in Washington, and in Embassies and Consulates in China, Russia and Japan. His poetry can be found in several rare books, as well as the anthologies None of the Above (edited by Michael Lally) and Up Late (edited by Andrei Codrescu). A native of Washington DC, he attended the University of Chicago before moving to New York in 1975 and becoming part of the St. Mark’s downtown scene. In addition to the University of Chicago, he has degrees from Yale, Harvard, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University. He taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, and led workshops at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. His translation of Chinese poet Hai Zi’s lyric drama Regicide was published in Hong Kong, and his translations of Russian conceptualist poet Dmitri A. Prigov are scheduled to appear from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2019.
Venus Thrash is a co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. She is the author of the poetry collection, The Fateful Apple (Hawkins Publishing, 2014), nominated for the 2015 Pen America Open Book Award. Her poetry has been published in Public Pool, Torch, The Arkansas Review, and in the anthology Resisting Arrest: Poems That Stretch the Sky. Thrash is the recipient of a 2016 writer’s residency at The Vermont Studio Center. She’s a co-director of the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series, a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Summer Seminar in Kenya and Fire and Ink scholar. She is a full-time writer and mom.
This event is co-sponsored by Beltway Poetry Journal, Hanging Loose Press (hangingloosepress.com), Mawenzi House Publishers (mawenzihouse.com), Legs Editions(legsedition.net/public), El Tapiz del Unicornio. (eltapizdelunicornio.com)