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June 13 | 7pm | When Strangers Meet

“A literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety.”
– The New York Times

WHEN STRANGERS MEET.

It turned out so right for strangers in the night, so why not for you? On June 13, come exchange glances with House of SpeakEasy and another lineup of Seriously Entertaining writing talent at Joe’s Pub. It’s hard to imagine what might happen When Strangers Meet

Embrace your inner étranger with novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer while exploring life “On the Couch” with novelist Ayana Mathis and special guest host Jessica Strand. For poet-essayist Chris Abani, it may well be written all over The Face, but an encounter with poet-critic Stephen Burt proves that a close call with nonsense can also be a dinner date with the profound. As Frank Sinatra might say: doo-be-doo-be-don’t miss it.

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Seriously Questioning… Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, critic, and professor of English at Harvard. In 2009, his guide to reading contemporary poetry, Close Calls With Nonsense, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent poetry collection, Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013) is a brilliant sequence of surprising, absurdist, sexually supple verse, flush with the joys of parenthood, adventurous in its versification, unafraid of living and loving. There’s a poem about the Muppets. One’s titled “For Avril Lavigne”. Another is told from the perspective of your standard office stapler (“I have no use for a doctrine of non- / attachment, although I once / put an argument for it together”). Stephen is one of the guests at our Seriously Entertaining show When Strangers Meet at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on June 13.

Name: Stephen Burt. Steph, in person. Sometimes also Stephanie.

Age: 45, perhaps alas.

Where are you from? Washington, DC. Childhood in the Maryland suburbs, but really, DC.

What is your occupation? I’m a college professor. I teach people how to read and talk about poetry, except when I am teaching them how to read and talk about comic books.

Title of most recent work: The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, out this fall fromSee More >

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