An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner Peter Balakian

Event date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

“An Evening with Peter Balakian” is free and open to the public. His talk will be followed by a book signing.

Balakian, who was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Colgate University, where he also is director of creative writing. He joined the Colgate faculty in 1980 and was the first director of the university's Center for Ethics and World Societies.

He is the author of several books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Other collections include June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000; Father Fisheye (1979); Sad Days of Light (1983); Reply From Wilderness Island (1988); Dyer's Thistle (1996); and several fine limited editions.

Balakian’s memoir Black Dog of Fate is the winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir and a New York Times Notable Book Award. He also is the author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, winner of the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best book in English on the subject of genocide and human rights, which also was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Times and national best seller.

His work, including essays on poetry, culture, art and social thought, has appeared widely in American magazines and journals and in anthologies.

He is co-founder and co-editor, with the poet Bruce Smith, of the poetry magazine Graham House Review, which was published from 1976-1996, and is the co-translator (with Nevart Yaghlian) of the book of poems Bloody News From My Friend by the Armenian poet Siamanto.

Balakian's prizes and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Emily Clark Balch Prize for poetry and Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the Republic of Armenia.

The September 19th event is sponsored by Robert Morris University's Honors Program. Balakian's memoir Black Dog of Fate was RMU's summer honors reading book. 

Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780465010196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - February 10th, 2009

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143