Aliki Barnstone Reads for the Midwest Poets Series at Rockhurst UniversityMarch 8, 2012

Two time Pulitzer prize nominee Aliki Barnstone will read for the Midwest Poets Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University.

 Barnstone’s accomplishments began early and continue. When she was 12, her book of poems, “The Real Tin Flower” was published by Macmillian, with an introduction by Anne Sexton. Barnstone has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize – twice.

 Barnstone translated “The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavaffy: A New Translation.” She has also written “Changing Rapture:  Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development,” “Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak,” and “Bright Body.” She has edited, “A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now,” “The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era” and “The Shambhala Anthology of Women’s Spiritual Poetry,” and she introduced and wrote the readers’ notes for H.D.’s “Trilogy.”

 Her poems and translations have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. She has recorded a collaborative CD with musician Frank Haney.

 When a Senior Fulbright scholar in Greece, she researched and wrote a sequence of poems, “Eva’s Voice,” in the voice of a Sephardic Jew from Thessaloniki who survives the Holocaust. She is series editor of the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation and director of the University of Missouri Workshops in Greece – Athens/Serifos. She is on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 Admission is $3 at the door. Mabee Theater is located in Sedgwick Hall on the Rockhurst University campus. 54th Street and Troost Avenue. A complimentary reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information call 816-501-4607.

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