Poet Li-Young Lee to Give Joshua Ringel Memorial Lecture
Timed with National Poetry Month, this year's Joshua
Ringel Memorial Lecture co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth presents
Li-Young Lee reading from his work, on Thursday, April 15,
at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Lee, the son of the personal physician to Mao Zedong,
was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and spent his first
years moving among Asian countries, sometimes under
persecution, before emigrating to America in 1964. He is
the author of Book of My Nights (2001), The City
in Which I Love You (1991), Rose (1986), which
won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award, and a
memoir titled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance
"What characterizes Lee's writing," writes poet Gerald
Stern, "is a certain humility, a kind of cunning, a love of
plain speech ... a willingness to let the sublime enter the
field of his concentration ... a pursuit of certain Chinese
ideas, or Chinese memories, without any self-conscious
ethnocentricity, and a moving personal search for
Co-sponsors for the event, along with CTY, are the
Gilman School, Baltimore, and the Teachers and Writers
Collaborative, New York City.
A reception with light fare starting at 5:45 p.m.
precedes the reading at 6:30 p.m. For more information,
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