KU News Release

April 22, 2011
Contact: William J. Harris, Department of English, 785-864-2534

Faculty members to read new works April 26 at Lawrence bookstore

LAWRENCE — Two faculty members from the University of Kansas will read from their new works at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence.

William J. Harris, associate professor and director of the master’s of fine arts program in the English department, and Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics, will read from their newly released books.

Harris will read from his bilingual chapbook, “Domande personali/Personal Questions,” recently released by Italian publisher Leconte Editore in Rome. The book inaugurated a poetry series intended to introduce American poets to the Italian audience. Harris will be joined by Crystal Hall, professor of Italian, who will read the Italian.

Harris has published two books of poems, “Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment” and “In My Own Dark Way.” His work has appeared in more than 50 poetry anthologies, including “To the Stars: Kansas Poets of the Ad Astra Poetry Project,” “Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans” and “A Geography of Poets.” He is the author of “The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic” and editor of “The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader.” Baraka has noted: “William J. Harris’ poetry is direct, quirky, funny (ha, ha and peculiar) with an understated profundity.”

Lombardo will read from his new version of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” which follows his translations of Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” the poems of Sappho, Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Dante’s “Inferno.” He will read from the Roman poet’s masterpiece such myths as Orpheus and Eurydice and Cadmus and Harmonia or the audience can make requests. British classicist Elaine Fantham has said: “Stanley Lombardo successfully matches Ovid’s human drama, imaginative brio and irresistible momentum.”

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