Wallace Stevens

17th November 2014 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Poet in the City presents Wallace Stevens; poet, insurance broker, philosopher of the imagination

Widely held as one of the most important literary figures in America, Stevens was the ultimate master-craftsman, combining rigorous technique with a deep exploration of the nature of poetry.

In this special event exploring his life and work, hear live readings of classics like The Emperor of Ice Cream and The Man with the Blue Guitar, in celebration of the man critic Harold Bloom called ‘the best and most representative American poet of our time’.

Ali Smith is an award winning novelist and short story writer. Recent works include The Accidental (2005), Girl Meets Boy (2007), There But For The (2011) and How To Be Both (2014), which has recently been shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Ali will discuss the influence of Stevens on her own work.

Christopher Le Brun is President of the Royal Academy of Arts. He has exhibited internationally since the early 1980s, to great acclaim, and received a fellowship of the University of the Arts London in 2010. Christopher will be speaking about the influence of Wallace Stevens on modern and contemporary artists.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia. Her latest book is Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (2013). She regularly appears on British television and radio and is currently a member of the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Sarah will providing a Modernist context from which to view Wallace Stevens.

Lachlan MacKinnon is a highly acclaimed poet and academic. His latest collection of poems is Small Hours (2010), shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). Lachlan will be exploring the poetic detail of Stevens’ work.

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