Presented by: Program in Creative Writing
International award-winning writer, bestselling novelist and activist Alaa Al Aswany reads with acclaimed poet Linda Gregerson, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and four Pushcart Prizes. Please note this reading begins later at 7:30 p.m.
Presented by: Princeton University
Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers are encouraged to apply to present their research or creative work in the arts. Share with the campus community the findings from your research internship, your junior paper, senior thesis, dissertation, postdoctoral research or other work.
Olagón, a conflicted wail of both mourning and victory, stands as the central inspiration of this new evening-length collaboration between Eighth Blackbird, composer/fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon. Drawing from the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge, Olagón aims to tell a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland while honoring traditional musics of Ireland, Norway, and America. Muldoon’s text – utilizing both English and Irish – is sung in the unique and highly ornamental vocal practice known as Sean Nós by Ó Lionáird. When coupled with Trueman’s diverse musical landscape, stage direction by Mark DiChiazza, and the virtuosity of Eighth Blackbird, a multi-cultural experience unlike any other is brought vividly life.
A reading and conversation between two renowned authors as part of the Princeton Migrations series — What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? In his stunning novel, prize-winning author Neel Mukherjee wrests open the central, defining events of our century: displacement and migration. Five characters, in very different circumstances—from a domestic cook in Mumbai, to a vagrant and his dancing bear, to a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life in the city—find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire for more.