White Lotus Farms partners with One Pause Poetry to welcome poet and NPR commentator, Andrei Codrescu, for a poetry reading in the flower gardens of their organic farm. Bruce Shlain of the New York Times Book Review calls Codrescu "One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers." Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, emigrated to the U.S in 1966. He founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas (corpse.org) in 1983, taught literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He's a been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered since 1983, and received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, “This transplanted Transylvanian with the bateau-mouche moustache always manages (in his consideration of All Things) to create a craving for the subversive.” In 1989 Codrescu returned to his native Romania to cover the fall of the Ceausescu regime for NPR and ABC News, and wrote The Hole in the Flag: an Exile's Story of Return and Revolution. He is the author of books of poetry, novels, essays. Kay Boyle writes, "With humor and grace, wisdom and tenderness, Codrescu transforms the commonplace into the miraculous. His work is cause for celebration."
September 13, 7–9pm: Keynote Event: Poetry reading in the garden with Andrei Codrescu. Reception and book-signing to follow.
Evening will also include “Art in the Garden: Sculpture Series -- New work by Traven Pelletier, Francesc Burgos and Tad McKillop.”
All readings are FREE and open to the public.
Location: 7217 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
White Lotus Farms brings the Ann Arbor community farm fresh produce in an environment of beauty and mindfulness. They use all organic methods and strive to move beyond organic by incorporating sustainable farming methods that respect the natural ecology, our customers and the community. White Lotus believes that the farm should be a place of beauty and human nourishment on all levels. With this in mind, they are happy to partner with One Pause Poetry for the Arts in the Garden series. http://www.whitelotusfarms.com/
The One Pause Poetry series is named after the Zen master and poet Ikkyu Sojun, who revolutionized the arts and poetry in 15th-century Japan. One Pause Poetry presents a series of FREE public readings each year, an annual fall conference, a teen poetry contest, conversations, and workshops.
One Pause Poetry and its programs are sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
Andrei Codrescu’s first poetry book, License to Carry a Gun, won the 1970 Big Table Poetry award. He founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas (corpse.org) in 1983, taught literature and poetry at Louisiana State University where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He's been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered since 1983, and is the author of books of poetry, novels, essays; the most recent are whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments (2011), The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, (2009) The Poetry Lesson (2010), all published by Princeton University Press.