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FSG presents: An evening of poetry with Christian Wiman and Averill Curdy
Join Christian Wiman and Averill Curdy, poets and colleagues at Poetry Magazine. Each will read from their newest collections, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, and Song & Error: Poems, respectively.
Written in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, Christian Wiman's My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, finds the poet questioning the two things in which he’s always had faith: God and poetry. About the collection, Marilynne Robinson writes: “The thing that impresses me most [about Christian Wiman's work]... is that faith, with all its complexities, really matters to him. He need not have made it his subject...That Wiman does so means that his poetry and his scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world." Writer Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, says Christian is “one of the most important American poets and poetry critics now active.”
A lyric poet influenced by Donne, Herrick, Hopkins and Auden, the poems in Averill Curdy’s debut collection, Song & Error: Poems are unusually accomplished in their unsettling music, precision and technical dexterity. Curdy notes, "In my own work, the aural quality and weight of words is very important and I think it’s partly an attempt to make them feel as material as the smears of color on a painter’s palette.”
Christian Wiman is the author of three books, most recently Every Riven Thing. He has edited Poetry magazine since 2003 and was recently appointed Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School, where he will begin his first five-year term this summer.
Averill Curdy has won the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Council for the Arts. She has also won a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and The New England Review. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.
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