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Written Arts Program Presents

Thursday, November 30, 2017
A Reading by Robert Kelly
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus
7:30 pm
The poet Robert Kelly offers his annual reading to honor the birthday of his wife, the renowned translator Charlotte Mandell, on Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Bard Hall. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

At Bard since 1961, Kelly is Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature, the founding director of the Writing Program of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and a contributing editor of Conjunctions.

Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and more, he has published his Collected Essays, edited by Pierre Joris and Peter Cockelbergh (Contra Mundum); Oedipus after Colonus and Other Plays (Dr. Cicero Books); and Winter Music, texts to the photo work of Susan Quasha (T-space Editions). He was named Dutchess County’s first poet laureate in 2016.

His many, many other books include The Common Shore, The Loom, Kill the Messenger, Not This Island Music, The Flowers of Unceasing Coincidence, A Strange Market, Red Actions, The Time of Voice, The Garden of Distances, Lapis, Runes, Threads, May Day. Fiction: A Transparent Tree, Doctor of Silence, Cat Scratch Fever, The Queen of Terrors, and The Book from the Sky.

"In more than thirty-five collections of poetry, Kelly has utterly failed at one thing: to pigeonhole himself into predictability. Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960–1993 contains imagistic bits that seem like fragments of poetic tapestry, long surreal narratives, series poems, and sonorous chants. Whatever the form, they are marked by Kelly's erudition, which covers Greek archaeology as readily as twentieth-century music, Sumerian gods as well as contemporary painting." —Booklist

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Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Bard Hall, Bard College Campus