Presented by USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, USC Libraries, USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, and Villa Aurora
Internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, essayist, and translator Gerhard Falkner describes himself as a flâneur or pilgrim. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and has received fellowships from renowned international residences, such as Villa Massimo (Casa Baldi) Rome, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Spycher Preis Schloss, Leuk Switzerland, and Kulturakademie Tarabya, Istanbul. He currently is an artist-in-residence at Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades.
Cities, nature and contrasts are among the main sources of Falkner’s inspiration. He defines himself as a poet between modernity and post-modernity, a poet interpreting the world around him.
In a conversation with Robert von Hallberg, Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College, Falkner will discuss the entrances into and exits from poetry, addressing such topics as the selection of style of language for specific contexts and how the language of poetry makes it possible to say more with less, and the various media outlets, for example film and the performing arts, that he uses to communicate, perform and transform his poetry.
The event will feature readings and several short poetry video clips by Gerhard Falkner.
September 17, 5PM-6:30PM, at USC's Doheny Memorial Library, Polymathic Academy, DML 241
Reception with refreshments to follow.
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