MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 16, 2022) – Manchester Community College will host the visiting poet Kaveh Akbar on Monday, March 21, for a masterclass and reading of his work, in the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, starting at 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Akbar will teach the poetry masterclass from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. He will then read from his work from 6 to 7 p.m. COVID protocols, with safe distancing and masks, will be observed.
Akbar is the author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf Press, 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017; Penguin UK, 2018). He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). Akbar is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson College.
The masterclass and reading are sponsored by MCC Foundation.