Written Arts Program presents

A Reading by Robert Kelly

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The poet Robert Kelly offers his annual reading to honor the birthday of his wife, the renowned translator Charlotte Mandell, on Thursday, November 29, at 8:00 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 ShoreThe LoomKill the MessengerNot This Island MusicThe Flowers of Unceasing CoincidenceA Strange MarketRed ActionsThe Time of VoiceThe Garden of DistancesLapisRunesThreadsMay Day. Fiction: A Transparent TreeDoctor of SilenceCat Scratch FeverThe 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

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Bard Hall, Bard College Campus