PETER BALAKIAN READING & CONVERSATION WITH
SJSU PRESIDENT MARY PAPAZIAN
April 12th, 7:00pm
General Admission: $20
Peter Balakian is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal (2015), which recounts the speaker’s memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists. He is the author of five other poetry collections and the memoir Black Dog of Fate (1997), winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir, and The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (2003). Balakian has published essays on poetry, culture, art, and social thought, and he’s appeared widely on national television and radio: ABC World News Tonight, The Charlie Rose Show, Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air”; NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and CNN. He teaches at Colgate University.
Balakian has won the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award and an award from the Academy of American Poets, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He cofounded and coedited The Graham House Review with Bruce Smith from 1976 to 1996 and was awarded an editing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, he earned a BA from Bucknell University in 1973 and an MA from New York University in 1975, and in 1980, he received a PhD in American Civilization from Brown University.
Sponsored by the Center for Literary Arts