Poets Frank Bidart, Sven Birkerts, Eavan Boland, Lucie Brock-Broido, Greg Delanty, Jonathan Galassi, Eamon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Atsuro Riley, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Colm Tóibín, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, Kevin Young and others will gather at Cooper Union for a public tribute to the beloved and world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away on August 30, 2013, at the age of 74. Each will read a favorite Heaney poem. Singer Paul Simon will make a special guest appearance and Irish pipes will be played.
It will take place at 7 pm in Cooper Union’s Great Hall and is free and open to the public.
The event is jointly organized by leading poetry organizations—the Academy of American Poets, Poets House, Poetry Society of America, the Unterberg Poetry Center at 92nd Street Y—along with Heaney’s American publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Cosponsors include Cave Canem Foundation, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Irish Arts Center, Kundiman, the National Book Foundation, PEN American Center, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Poets & Writers, Symphony Space, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Urban Word NYC.
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