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POETRY OFF THE SHELF:
Born in the German-speaking town Nitzkydorf in Banat, Romania in 1953, Nobel Laureate Herta Müller has written about exile, violence, and politics, and is known for her criticism of Romania’s oppressive regime under Nicolae Ceauşescu. When awarding her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009, the Swedish Academy described Müller as a woman “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.” Müller will read collage poetry and from her novel The Hunger Angel (Atemshaukel) in her native German, accompanied by English translation.
Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Chicago
When & Where
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.