Jay Parini

Jay performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on May 20, 2014, speaking on the evening’s theme, “Ink Runs Dry.”

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015. He has written eight novels, including The Damascus Road, Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station. The latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and Gore Vidal.

Parini’s non-fiction works include his recent memoir, Borges and Me: An Encounter, the story of his travels in the highlands of Scotland with Jorge Luis Borges.  Other works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including the New York Times and the Guardian.

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