San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hemingway wrote big game hunting into the American experience. Out of the traditions of a safari literature that started with Teddy Roosevelt, Hemingway crafted some of his most powerful stories and novels, including "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," The Green Hills of Africa and True at First Light.
Join John Barr, president emeritus of the Poetry Foundation, for an evening at the Hemingway Museum exploring Hemingway and the safari.
In Hemingway the Hunter: On Safari Mr Barr will discuss how the hardships and dangers of African hunting served the writer's purpose to make great art out of the most intense human experience. A big game hunter himself, with experience of four safaris in East Africa where Hemingway hunted, Mr Barr will address the different attitudes to hunting in East Africa and America, then and now.
Admission is free; donations to The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park gratefully accepted.
About the speaker: John Barr has published eight volumes of poetry over 25 years. He served as the first president of the Poetry Foundation from 2004 to 2013, where he worked with the board to develop the Foundation's strategic plan and to build a permanent home for Poetry magazine, the first in its 100-year history. He has taught in the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College and has served on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, Yaddo, and Bennington College. He delivered the 2012 Hemingway Birthday Lecture at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.