The Baker-Nord Center for Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Botanical Garden invite the public to "Poetry in the Garden" on October 3. Five locally and nationally renowned poets will read selections from their works that express their experiences with the natural world.
The free, public event is set in locations throughout the idyllic gardens in autumn colors at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. The program begins at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
Joanna Klink, the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University, will close the afternoon with selected poems from her award-winning books, They Are Sleeping and Circadian. Her new book of poems, Raptus, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2010.
"In poems I am trying to find my bearings through a world that at times feels remote and inchoate and struck blank with noise," says Klink in her artist statement.
Joining Klink will be local poets Kazim Ali, assistant professor of writing, Oberlin College; Michael Dumanis, director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center; Sarah Gridley, assistant professor of English, Case Western Reserve; and Mary Quade, assistant professor of English, Hiram College.
Featured during the event will be the announcement of winners of a poetry contest. Winners will have the opportunity to read their poems at Poetry in the Garden following Klink's reading.
Prior to going to Harvard, Klink taught in the MFA program at the University of Montana for seven years.
Among Klink's students was Gridley, who is the author of Weather Eye Open, the title based on the sailor's jargon of looking for changes in the weather, and a book "awash in ocean imagery." A forthcoming book, Green is the Orator, is due for publication next April. She will read selections from them.
Gridley, who now teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced poetry workshops at Case Western Reserve, says of Klink, "It is so fitting that this event is in the botanical garden," adding that Klink's work is deeply attendant to the plant and animal world.
Poetry in the Garden continues the humanities center's yearlong reflection and exploration on how nature has played a pivotal role in disciplines in the humanities. Throughout this coming year, invited speakers and campus faculty will address a breadth of topics related to nature. Go online for a full list of activities.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.