News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Jan. 4,  2010

Poet Anne Carson to Perform at Carlos Museum

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Famed classicist and contemporary poet Anne Carson will give the 2010 Nix Mann lecture on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. She will perform "Cassandra Float Can" and "Bracko" with her collaborator Robert Currie. And Carson will conduct a creativity workshop for students during her visit.  

A classical scholar and MacArthur Fellow, Carson is described as "the most exciting poet writing in English today." "Cassandra Float Can" is a work that links Aeschylus's Cassandra, doomed to speak the truth and not be believed, with other witnesses to turbulent times including philosopher Edmund Husserl and the "anarchitect" Gordon Matta-Clark. "Bracko" encompasses selections from Carson's translations of the fragmentary works of Sappho. 

Carson's works include "The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos" (2001), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; "Economy of the Unlost" (1999); "Autobiography of Red" (1998), shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize; "Plainwater: Essays and Poetry" (1996); "Glass, Irony and God" (1995), shortlisted for the Forward Prize; and "Goddesses and Wise Women" (1992). Her translations of ancient Greek works include "If Not, Winter:  Fragments of Sappho" (2002), "Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides" (2006), and "An Oresteia," which includes three different versions of the tragedy of the house of Atreus (2009).

In addition to the MacArthur "Genius" award, Carson has received the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the Distinguished Poet in Residence at New York University.

Carson's visit to Emory is co-sponsored by the Luminaries in the Arts and Humanities series of the Office of the Provost, the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Poetry Council.

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