The O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library will present a program titled Carolyn Forché: Poetry of Witness in the Folger Theatre on April 30.The award-winning poet, translator, editor, and human rights advocate coined the phrase “poetry of witness,”which is the title of the anthology she co-edited with Duncan Wu. Carolyn Forché's work has been honored may times, and her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” She is now director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University.
The O.B. Hardison Poetry series will present readings by Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali titled Silence and Breath in the Folger Theatre - introduced & moderated by Kundiman fellowGowri Koneswaran - on May 21. Kaveh Akbar is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic, and his debut full-length collection is titled Calling a Wolf a Wolf. Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar is the Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University. Poet, essayist, novelist, and translator Kazim Ali has published several volumes of poetry and a cross-genre work titled Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. His new poetry book, Inquisition, is forthcoming. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence.
Images from left below:Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali (Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones)
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare, thru June 3.The exhibition, which was curated by Caroline Duroselle-Melish, the Folger's curator of early modern books and prints, includes more than 80 illustrated books and prints from the Folger collection - from the 15th to 18th centuries. Many of the books have rarely been displayed before. Video and period illustrations show how images were made and printed. “Astoundingly, Beyond Words even includes the woodcut and copper plates from which two of the prints were produced.” Beyond Words includes works by many European artists and has an especially strong Dutch presence, reflecting the publishing role of Amsterdam and Antwerp. Beyond Words also has two works by the Flemish engraver Martin Droeshout, including his portrait of Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio—one of the best-known book illustrations of the early modern age.
Image below: The postcard for Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare.
The National Archives & Bright Star Touring Theater will present a play titled We Can Do It! American Women in Historyon April 14.The play is “an inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable American women!From Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony.” Families are invited to join in as the play “celebrates the courageous, confident women who have helped shape our country." A discussion with the actors will follow the program.”
The Mansion at Strathmore’s Artists in Fiction Book Club invites participants “to dawdle in Delft with Vermeer, explore the mystery behind Girl With a Pearl Earring, relive the Renaissance through the eyes of Artemisia Gentileschi in The Passion of Artemisia, and get a new perspective on Leonardo, Michelangelo, Monet, and many more." Participants can "explore the fictions of their favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.” Meetings are planned at 7 pm on: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 & July 18.
COL Christopher P. Costa (US Army, ret.), who is the new Executive Director of The International Spy Museum, will have a discussion with Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton at the Museum on April 12. Director Costa was most recently the Special Assistant for the President & Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council. Previously, Director Costa's career included 25 years of active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.He’s the recipient of two Bronze Stars for intelligence work in Afghanistan and has been inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor for the US Special Operations Command. Director Costa's career has included human intelligence, special operations, counterintelligence, and unconventional warfare.