Czesław Miłosz & the Future

From October 19 to 21 neighbor of my former graduate school Claremont McKenna University is hosting a cenntenial festival devoted to Czesław Miłosz with a interesting program and varied array of guests.

Absolute tops in terms of title is Polish intellectual, historian and journalist Adam Michnik’s talk – Miłosz: Man Among Scorpions, which seems to place the poet’s powers in the realm of superheroes (perhaps justifiably).

US Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin kicks of the festivities, while among the other participants is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi. There will be a number of Polish poets and critics as well as translators from Polish to English, including Calypso Editions co-founder Piotr Florczyk, who translated last year’s Building the Barricade and Other Poems by Anna Swir.

Also in attendance will be Anthony Milosz, which the festival program helpfully indicates is Miłosz’s son (Just in case we might think an event had been scheduled with a guy that has the same last name as the poet) .

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