The 2008/2009 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, in association with the Jewish Community Center, presents poets Edward Hirsch and Charles Simic bringing the page to the stage. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at the Jewish Community Center.

Hirsch and Simic will read from their works, followed by an onstage interview with prize-winning poet and UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Tony Hoagland. Book sale and signing follow.

Both Hirsch and Simic have done Public Service Announcements for WITS as part of the “I Wish I’d Written That” campaign. Visit our website to hear them read a poem by a WITS student.

Date: March 30, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm (doors open 6:45 pm)
Location: Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood
Tickets: $5 general admission, BUY HERE
Unsold tickets will be available at the door for $5
(starting at 6:45 pm) and free for students and
senior citizens 65+.

The following details and pictures are taken from Inprint’s website.

squareimages_0809_0016_hirschHirsch has written seven collections of poetry, including Wild Gratitude, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, On Love, and Lay Back the Darkness. He has also written four prose books, including the national bestseller, How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. In Hirsch’s newest poetry collection, Special Orders, he brings together autobiographical pieces to form a picture of his whole life, beginning with his immigrant grandfather. MacArthur Foundation “genius” recipient, Hirsch is a former UH Creative Writing Program faculty member and is currently the President of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York.

squareimages_0809_0018_simicSimic has been described by Library Journal as “a soulmate of Kafka and an anthropologist of the unknowable.” A prolific critic and essayist, as well as a former U.S. Poet Laureate, Simic has published more than 60 books, including his latest collection, That Little Something, which Publishers Weekly calls “by turns surreal, horrifying, funny, sad, and spoken with (his) friendly bemusement.” His other books of poetry include The World Doesn’t End (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), What the Grass Says, Walking the Black Cat (a finalist for the National Book Award), A Wedding in Hell, and Hotel Insomnia. Simic was born in Yugoslavia, where he suffered a traumatic childhood during World War II. His family emigrated to the U.S. in 1954, and he did not speak English until he was 15.

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