On Thursday, August 23, Word Thursdays, Bright Hill Literary Center’s longest-running program, will offer a special edition evening as part of its 20th anniversary celebration: a dinner and discussion with poet, translator, playwright, scholar, novelist, and essayist Alfred Corn, followed by an open mic and a reading and book signing by Corn. The evening begins at 6 pm with a dish-to-pass dinner in the Word & Image Gallery, now showing Sirens’ Songs, an exhibit by Florida artist Elisabeth Stevens. The open mic and Mr. Corn’s reading begins at 7 pm and will take place in Bright Hill’s Library. Admission is food or drink to share and $3.00 (18 and under are free).
Bright Hill is located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, one block north of Barlow’s General Store.
Alfred Corn is the author of nine books of poems, including All Roads at Once (11976), A Call in the Midst of the Crowd (1978), The Various Light (1980), Notes from a Child of Paradise (1984), The West Door (1988), Autobiographies (1992), Present (1997), Stake: Selected Poems (1999), and Contradictions (2008). He has also published a collection of critical essays titled The Metamorphoses of Metaphor (1989), a study of prosody, The Poem’s Heartbeat (1997), and a work of art criticism, Aaron Rose Photographs (Abrams, 2001); and edited Incarnation: Contemporary Writers on the New Testament (2007). A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and The Nation, he also writes art criticism for Art in American and ARTnews magazines. His novel is Part of His Story. Fellowships for his poetry include the Guggenheim, the NEA, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, UCLA, and Oklahoma State. He spends half of every year in the U.K. and in the spring of 2011 Pentameters Theatre in London produced his play Lowell’s Bedlam.