Presenter of the National Book Awards

Elizabeth Bishop’s Letters to N.Y.

Elizabeth Bishop (©Joseph Breitenbach)
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Part of the 2011 Mad. Sq. Reads Series
Thursday, July 14 – 6:30pm
Madison Square Park @ the Farragut Monument

In celebration of the centenary of the seminal American poet and National Book Award winner Elizabeth Bishop, the National Book Foundation presents a discussion of Bishop’s life and legacy with poets Tina Chang and Vijay Seshadri, Joelle Biele, poet and editor, and Alice Quinn, former poetry editor of The New Yorker.

Joelle BieleJoelle Biele is the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence and the author of White Summer. A Fulbright scholar in Germany and Poland, she has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Maryland State Arts Council. Her works appear in many publications including The American Poetry Review and the Harvard Review.

Tina ChangTina Chang, poet laureate of Brooklyn, is the author of Half-Lit Houses and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. Her new collection of poetry, Of Gods & Strangers, is forthcoming this fall from Four Way Books.

Alice QuinnAlice Quinn is Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America and a professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Quinn served as poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987 to 2007 and is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Jukebox: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop.
(Photo credit: Robert Falcetti)
Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press) and The Disappearances (Harper-Collins India). He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Mad. Sq. Reads is the free literary program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Held on the steps of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Farragut Monument on Thursday evenings in the month of July, the series, now in its sixth year, features discussions with prominent authors on a variety of topics of current interest to New Yorkers.