Balakian to read at Hunter College Distinguished Writer Series, Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 pm

Professor Peter Balakian will read from his new book of poems Ziggurat and the latest edition of his memoir Black Dog of  Fate at Hunter College on March 16, 7:30 PM.  The reading will be held in the Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor.

The reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Please email or call 212-772-4007 to RSVP. Following both readings there will be a Q and A and book signing.

Peter Balakian is the author of six books of poems, including, most recently, Ziggurat, which was praised by Carolyn Forche as a “brilliant assimilation of the historical, philosophical, political, and psychological.” He is also the author of the highly praised June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000. Balakian’s memoir Black Dog of Fate (1997) was winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir, and was a New York Times Notable Book. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2004.

His NPR interview with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition about Ziggurat aired on September 11, 2010 and can be found on Balakian’s web-site or

Balakian  is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at at Colgate University and director of Creative Writing.

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