Event | Lectures and Symposia Poetry Ancestors: How Invention Meets Influence

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Part of National Book Festival Presents

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Part of the June National Book Festival Presents series "Connecting the World With Words"

American Book Award winner Kimiko Hahn and fellow award-winning poet Rajiv Mohabir talk about invention and influence across borders, and how poetry serves as a model for our moment, with Washington Post Book World critic Ron Charles.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently “Foreign Bodies.” A former president of the Poetry Society of America, she is currently a distinguished professor in the MFA program at Queens College. She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Prize and the PEN/Voelcker Award. Hahn has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Indo-Caribbean poet Rajiv Mohabir has received the Four Way Books book prize for his poetry collection “The Taxidermist’s Cut,” the Kundiman book prize for “The Cowherd’s Son” and the PEN/Heim Translation Grant for his translation of “Holi Songs of Demerara” by Lalbihari Sharma, originally published in 1916, as the only known literary work written by an indentured servant in the Anglophone Caribbean.