Thursday, June 07, 2007

Boston: An Evening of Poetry with Kevin Young and Fran Quinn

An Evening of Poetry with Kevin Young and Fran Quinn

Monday, June 11th • 7 p.m.
Brookline Adult Education, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline MA, $5.
Call 617-730-2700, or online at www.brooklineadulted.org


Fran Quinn has been called "one of the greatest poetry teachers in the country" by Robert Bly. His poetry has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and has won the Hopewell Prize. He has published four books of poetry, Milk of the Lioness, At the Edge of the Worlds (with Janice R.
Forberg), The Goblet Crying For Wine, and most recently A Horse of Blue Ink.

Kevin Young is one of the leading poets of his generation. Young finds inspiration in the bittersweet history of Black America and in African American music, particularly the blues. His book, Black Maria: Poems Produced and Directed by Kevin Young is a "film noir in verse," a playful homage to the language and imagery of Hollywood detective films. He was a
1993 National Poetry Series winner for Most Way Home, a volume of meditations on racism, slavery, poverty, and the meaning of "home" in the collective memory of African Americans. Other collections include To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor, a poetic tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles times Book Award. His newest collection is For the Confederate Dead.

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