Professor Peter Balakian will read at the 9/ll Memorial & Museum in New York City, located at 20 Vesey Street, on 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.
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.
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.