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The Director’s Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA
£8 (£6 concessions)
The People’s Poetry Lectures: Moira Egan on Marianne Moore

Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Metropolitan University present The People’s Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets.

The sixth event in our new series features Moira Egan on Marianne Moore.  

Moira Egan is an American poet/translator who lives in Rome. She has published eight volumes of poetry (five in the U.S.; three in Italy); the most recent of these are Synæsthesium (The New Criterion Prize, 2017) and Olfactorium (Italic PeQuod, 2018). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies on four continents. She has been a Mid Atlantic Arts Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has had writing fellowships at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Malta; the Civitella Ranieri Center; the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; and the James Merrill House. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published volumes in translation in Italy by authors including Ashbery, Barth, Bender, Bidart, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Simic, Strand, and Charles Wright. Their translation of Ashbery’s Un mondo che non può essere migliore: Poesie scelte 1956-2007) won a Special Prize from the Premio Napoli (2009); their translation of Mark Strand’s L'uomo che cammina un passo avanti al buio won the Premio di Poesia La Torre dell’Orologio (2011); and most recently, their translation of Italia by Charles Wright won the Benno Geiger Translation Prize from the Fondazione Cini in Venice. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Egan teaches Creative Writing at the St. Stephen’s School in Rome. 

Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was one of America's foremost poets. She was born near St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and graduated with an AB in history, economics, and political science from Bryn Mawr College in 1909; she was involved in the American Suffreage movement during her studies. From 1925 to 1929 she was editor of Dial, the influential lirerary magazine, and her poetry collections include Selected Poems (1935), The Pangolin and Other Verse (1936), What Are Years (1941), and Nevertheless (1944, which included her acclaimed anti-war poem "In Distrust of Merits"). Her prose writing included essays and reviews and the books A Marianne Moore Reader (1961), Predilections (1955) and The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore (1987). Her Collected Poems (1951) won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and she was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1953 as well as the Poetry Society of America's Gold Medal for Distinguished Development, the National Medal for Literature and an honorary doctorate from Harvard. One of her most famous poems is "Poetry", which champions linguistic delight and heartfelt expression over formal technique. She died in New York following a series of strokes in 1972. 

Join Moira and Carol Ann in the relaxed setting of Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel for an informal evening celebrating poetry.

Monday 11th November 2019, 7pm (doors), 7.30pm (lecture)

The Director’s Suite, Principal Hotel, Manchester, M60 7HA

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) – includes printed copy of the lecture and drink on arrival

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