Reception to follow.
A poetry reading by Edward Foster, former professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters, will be accompanied by piano music performed by CAL teaching associate professor Aysegul Durakoglu. An introduction will be done by professor Michael Steinmann and refreshments will be served.
Edward Foster is a widely published critic, essayist, editor, and poet with numerous books of literary criticism, cultural history, poetry, and biography to his credit. His poetry has been translated into, and published in, many languages, including single-author volumes in Slovenian, Romanian, and Russian. He is the founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers, and Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. A former professor of American studies and former associate dean for administration in the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens, he has been a visiting professor at Drew University Graduate Faculty and Beykent University (Istanbul) and was a Fulbright lecturer at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and at the University of Istanbul. He was the co-director of the Russian/American Cultural Exchange Program and is currently the president of Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, has served on the Advisory Committee for the Middle East of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Advisory Committee for United States Student Fulbright National Screening Committee for Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. A long gnostic poem, Sowing the Wind interrogates modern notions of friendship, which, compromised by possession, need, and performance, becomes in our time simply and essentially another expression of change. Professor Aysegul Durakoglu has been performing nationally and internationally as a concert pianist and chamber musician. A graduate of Juilliard School (MM) and NYU-Music Performance (Ph.D.), she currently serves on the Music and Technology faculty in CAL.