Anything but an Angel: A Tribute to Zbigniew Herbert


The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research and the Writing Program of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts present an evening of readings and conversation dedicated to the work of the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998) on the occasion of the U.S. publication by Ecco Press of The Collected Poems of Zbigniew Herbert. The event will take place on Thursday March 15, 6:00 p.m., in Swayduck Auditorium, 65 Fifth Avenue, ground floor. Admission is free; RSVP to or 212.229.5580 x3136.

The evening celebrates one of the greatest 20th-century poets, a moral authority for Poles, and a spiritual leader of the Solidarity movement whose work is translated and beloved around the world. Participants in the conversation and readings will include poet Edward Hirsch, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; Alice Quinn, poetry editor of the New Yorker; Alissa Valles, translator and editor of The Collected Poems and poetry editor of Words Without Borders at Bard College; Adam Zagajewski, poet; Bob Kerrey, president of The New School; Adam Michnik, political writer; Mark Strand, former U.S. poet laureate; and Elzbieta Czyzewska, actress. The event will cumulate with a copy of the publication being presented to the poet's widow, Katarzyna Herbert. The evening is co-sponsored by Ecco Press.

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