shapiro_alanTabula Poetica continues on October 6th with poet, memoirist, and novelist Alan Shapiro. His most recent book is the collection of poems Life Pig.  The Boston-born poet has published numerous collections, and his book of poems Reel to Reel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He works in both free verse and traditional poetic forms, and his recent work grapples with the intersection of private and public history.

He has also published four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Broadway Baby, a novel. He is the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, and an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Alan has two new books in 2016: Life Pig, a book of poems, and That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration, essays on convention, suffering, and self-expression. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The poetry talk begins at 1 p.m. in the Wilkinson Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center, followed by a poetry reading at 4 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Leatherby Libraries.

About Tabula Poetica:

Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University is dedicated to creating an environment to celebrate poetry in a variety of forms and venues. The project, which includes the reading series and the international journal TAB, fosters a culture of poetry appreciation by engaging with accomplished writers, novice poets, students, and the general reader in an effort to share poems and conversation about this art form.