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Poetry Forum: Moira Egan and Leah Umansky

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

66 West 12th Street, 4th Floor, Room 404

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 in the U.S. and abroad. 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.

Leah Umansky is the author of The Barbarous Century, (Eyewear, 2018), Domestic Uncertainties (Blazevox, 2012) and two chapbooks, Straight Away the Emptied World  (Kattywompus Press, 2016) and Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press 2014). A graduate of the MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The White Review, Guernica, Bennington Review, Salamander, Pleiades, and Plume. 

Robert Polito, faculty, Creative Writing Program, moderator.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

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Author Readings and Discussions


General Public


Writing and Literature


Schools of Public Engagement, Creative Writing Program




Free to all.

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