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Internationally renowned poets read at Richardson Auditorium


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) -- To celebrate poetry’s vital place in our culture, Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts is honored to present the biennial Princeton Poetry Festival. Poets from around the world will read and share their work during the two-day event on April 29 and 30 at Richardson Auditorium. Advance tickets are available through University Ticketing.

Interest in poetry continues to play an essential role in the campus life at Princeton University. World renowned poets, including the Pulitzer-prize winning poets Paul Muldoon and C.K. Williams, are among the distinguished Princeton faculty that also includes James Richardson, winner of this year’s distinguished Jackson Poetry Prize, Tracy K. Smith and Susan Wheeler.

“I love the idea that Princeton might be a meeting-place for poets in a range of ways. To begin with, the poetry faculty in the University's Creative Writing Program, many of whom are taking part as chairpersons of readings and panels, are among the best in the country. After that, our visiting poets are among the best in the country and, indeed, the world. We see it as our responsibility to introduce our students to work of the highest order and we encourage them to try to emulate it,” said Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts.

World-acclaimed poets participating in this year’s international festival, which places an emphasis on translation, include the Brazilian poet Paulo Henriques Britto and his US translator, Idra Novey, the Israeli poet Agi Mishol, and the Slovenian poet Aleš Šteger along with his US translator, Brian Henry. American poets taking part are Anthony Carelli and Kathleen Graber, both published by Princeton University Press, along with Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Carl Phillips, Charles Simic, and Natasha Trethewey as well as poets on faculty in Princeton’s esteemed Program in Creative including Michael Dickman, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler and C.K. Williams.

“When one considers Princeton is truly an international venue, one thing we would like to be known for is honoring poets and authors from around the world. Princeton has a responsibility not only to its own students and scholars but to the wider community of students and scholars. Many writers not associated with the University live in the area. We like the idea of bringing internationally renowned writers into that mix,” said Muldoon.

“We're also committed to giving the wider community the chance to celebrate with us and our students. We're particularly welcoming to children from the local schools where, frankly, poetry writers and readers are won or lost,” said Muldoon. A limited number of free tickets were given to students from eleven Princeton area high schools.

Tickets to the Princeton Poetry Festival are $15 per day or $25 for both days. Click here for more information about the Princeton Poetry Festival and bios of the poets.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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