Poetry off the Shelf: Ciaran Carson
Monday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Ciaran Carson was born and raised in Belfast, where he lives with his wife, fiddle player Deirdre Shannon. Educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, he was appointed poetry chair at its Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in 2003. He is not only a poet but also a traditional musician, scholar of the Irish oral tradition, prosewriter, and translator. Wake Forest University Press has published 15 of his volumes, including First Language (1994), which won the first-ever TS Eliot Prize, Breaking News (2003), which won the prestigious Forward Prize, and From Elsewhere (2015).
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.