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Event 

Title:
Maggie Smith at the Piper Writers House
When:
01.19.2018 07.00PM - 09.00PM
Where:
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing - Tempe
Category:
Art Events

Description

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for an evening with poet Maggie Smith on Friday, January 19th, 2017 at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) at 7 pm. Smith will be reading from her latest collection Good Bones, whose title piece was named the Official Poem of 2016 by Public Radio International. An informal q&a and book signing will follow the reading. This event is open to the public and free. For more information visit http://piper.asu.edu/events


The title poem of Good Bones went viral internationally after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the murder of MP Jo Cox in England. To date the poem has touched more than a million readers and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Bengali, Korean, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. It was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International, but the poem has continued to be shared widely around the world in these tumultuous times. In April 2017 “Good Bones” was featured on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary—in an episode also called “Good Bones”—and Meryl Streep read the poem at the 2017 Academy of American Poets gala at Lincoln Center. The Telegraph (London) wrote that the poem is “a beautiful elegy for an imperfect world marked by tragedy, exploring the difficulty of finding positivity in the face of suffering…. The poem is a call for us all to improve the world, even if it might just this moment seem beyond repair.”