Seat in the (Pleasant) Shade: “On Not Aging Gracefully”: Live Violin Performance by Itamar Zorman and Poetic Reflection by Alicia Ostriker

This artistic reflection on "Not Aging Gracefully" includes violin music and poetry. The event opens with a live violin performance by Itamar Zorman followed by a poetry reading and artistic reflection by Alicia Ostriker, a major American poet and critic. 

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Alicia Ostriker is the author of 17 collections of poetry. She has been twice nominated for the National Book Award, and has twice received the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, among other honors. As a critic, she is the author of the now-classic Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women's Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible, most recently For the Love of God: the Bible as an Open Book. Her most recent collections of poems are Waiting for the Light and The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002-2019. Her poems have been translated into numerous languages including Hebrew and Arabic. She is currently the New York State Poet Laureate and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Joining Ostriker, UGA educator-poets from Mary Frances Early College of Education will also present their poems. 

Itamar Zorman is an international award-winning violinist.  Zorman won the top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was also the winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and was awarded the Borletti- Buitoni Trust award in 2014.

Collaborating with Wilson Center and Congregation Children of Israel, this event will be hosted by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Education and member of the UGA Arts Council. This event is part of the "Something More Pleasant" series of events connecting Athens readers to Roz Chast's book, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

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