Charles Olson Lecture: Ammiel Alcalay
Saturday, October 23
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Downtown Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
Offered in collaboration with the Gloucester Writers Center and the Charles Olson Society.
How do we process experience? What is knowledge and how do we organize it? What is our place in the universe? Beginning from his own childhood memories of Olson as a family friend in Gloucester, Ammiel Alcalay will discuss the continuing legacy and importance of Olson as a poet and thinker, drawing from his own work on the Middle East and the re-imagining of life and culture on this continent under the shadow of empire and the national security state.
Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar Ammiel Alcalay teaches at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Islanders, neither wit nor gold: from then, from the warring factions, and a little history. Recent books include the co-edited A Dove in Flight: Poems by Faraj Bayrakdar, with Shareah Taleghani and the New York Translation Collective; a poem sequence, Ghost Talk, and A Bibliography for After Jews & Arabs. He has written and been active on the question of Palestine for decades and, during the wars in ex-Yugoslavia, he was one of the main conduits for translations from Bosnia. He is a contributing editor of The Markaz Review and was given a 2017 American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation for his work as founder and General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative (lostandfoundbooks.org).