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Balakian to read at 9/ll Memorial & Museum in New York City, Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.
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As the first speaker in the fall-winter speakers series, “9/11, Today and Tomorrow,” Peter Balakian will read from his new book of poems Ziggurat, just published by The University of Chicago Press.

Balakian to read at 9/ll Memorial & Museum in New York City, Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.

As the first speaker in the fall-winter speakers series, “9/11, Today and Tomorrow,” Peter Balakian will read from his new book of poems Ziggurat, just published by The University of Chicago Press. 


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. The event will take place at what is currently the 9/ll Memorial Preview Site at 20 Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway, where the Memorial and Museum will be located on eight of the site’s 16 acres.


Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Following the presentation, time will be allotted for the audience to ask questions, and Balakian will be available to sign books. Due to space limitations, reservations are recommended to guarantee a seat up to 15 minutes before the program begins. Reserve seats online by clicking RSVP, or phone 212-312-8800. A suggested donation of $10 per person will help support ongoing programming.


In his first book of poems since his highly praised June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, Peter Balakian continues to define himself as one of the most distinctive voices of his generation. Exploring history, self, and imagination, as well as his ongoing concerns with catastrophe and trauma, many of his new poems wrestle with the aftermath of 9/11.

A poem from Ziggurat was featured on the The PBS Newshour’s Art Beat as poem of the week on September 7, and he was interviewed about his new book by NPR’s Scott Simon for Weekend Edition Saturday on September 11.

 

About Ziggurat, Carolyn Forché has written: “With characteristic originality, Balakian finds his echoing motif in the construction of the first great skyscraper, the Ziggurat at Ur, and this gives his epic poem, ‘A-Train/Ziggurat/Elegy,’ a historical depth I have found nowhere else in American poetry in recent years. What Balakian has achieved here is a brilliant assimilation of the historical, philosophical, political, and psychological.”

 

Peter Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities and professor of English at Colgate University. He is the author of five books of poems including June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, and three prose works, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, a New York Times best seller, and Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir. His work has been translated into a dozen languages.


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