Those of you based in Cambridge, MA, may be interested in a reading coming up this Sunday. As part of the Longfellow Summer Reading Series at the Longfellow National Historic Site, Michael Archer, the editor of Guernica: Magazine of Art and Politics, will be interviewing Nathalie Handal, one of the editors of the new anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Near East, and Far East.
This 784-page anthology, published by Norton last year, features work by hundreds of poets based in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and America. Poems are translated into English from more than 40 different langauges. Publishers Weekly and Booklist have lauded the scope, ambition, and range of the project, the former describing the book, with its sections featuring whimsical titles like Bowl of Air and Shivers as "more an esoteric journey than a systematic reference."
On Sunday, in addition to the interview with Nathalie Handal, Boston- and Cambridge-based poets Martha Collins, Diana Der-Havonessian, Fred Marchant, and Afaa Michael Weaver will read from the anthology on the East Lawn of the Longfellow National Historic Site. The event is free and open to the public, and -- assuming the weather holds -- it should be a pleasant day to spend out on the green and leafy lawn.
Sunday, August 23rd, 4:00 p.m.
East Lawn, Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge
*Free and open to the public* 617-876-4492