Power of Song and Silence

Saturday, March 21 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Poets Ilya Kaminsky, Jeanne Larsen, and John Murillo will read from their newest collections.

Poets Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic), Jeanne Larsen (What Penelope Chooses), and John Murillo (Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry) will read from their newest collections. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Re-envisioning disability as power and silence as singing, Kaminsky has created a searing allegory precisely tuned to our times, a stark appeal to our collective conscience.” —NPR.org

Deaf Republic contains some of the most exquisite lines you’ll find in contemporary poetry.” —New York Journal of Books

“How does a 21st-century woman read Homer? Jeanne Larsen’s What Penelope Chooses shows you how it’s done. Her magnificent confabulation of jazzy sonnets turns Homer on his head and gives him some back chat, high fives, dream talk, and rewrites along with showing just what the English language is capable of. The collection is a tour de force poetic exploration of the modern text in a thoroughly modern voice. Brava!” —Barbara Hamby

“There is in John Murillo’s art a dogged Americanness, a poet determined to assert himself within an America that has sought to deny his song and the songs from the rich African American tradition. And what songs these are! They are songs of irresistible vulnerability, tough truth-telling, cutting wit, and formal command. Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry is a signature event in American poetry.” —Kwame Dawes

This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.