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The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College Presents a Reading by Author Stephanie Saldaña

Eleanor Davis
Stephanie Saldaña

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. —The John Ashbery Poetry Series in collaboration with the Human Rights program and the Dean of International Studies at Bard College presents author Stephanie Saldaña, who will read from her new book, The Bread of Angels, on Tuesday, February 16, at 6 p.m. The event will be held in Weis Cinema, and is free and open to the public. For more information call 845-758-7816.

The Bread of Angels: A Journey of Love and Faith chronicles the year Saldaña spent as a Fulbright scholar in Syria during which she studied the role of Jesus in Islam, fled to an ancient desert monastery to confront her wavering faith, and unexpectedly found herself in love with a French novice monk. It is both a love story and a spiritual memoir of her search for faith in the midst of war.

Stephanie Saldaña is a poet and prose writer who received a B.A. from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. Fascinated by Islam and Eastern Christianity, she has lived in cities throughout the Middle East, and worked for a time as a journalist in Beirut, Lebanon. She was a Watson and a Fulbright scholar and has won several awards for her poetry. She lives in Jerusalem, where she teaches at the Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences, a partnership of Bard College and Al-Quds University.

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This event was last updated on 02-03-2010