Fiona Sze-Lorrain in conversation with Christopher Merrill
Join us at 4:00 in the afternoon! IWP alum Fiona Sze-Lorrain will read from her new book of poems Rain in Plural, published by Princeton University Press. She will be joined in conversation by IWP Director and poet, Christopher Merrill.
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"Rain in Plural is a cause for celebration. In recent years, when the world has become too wearying for me, I’ve looked to the poetry of Fiona Sze-Lorrain for her inventive lyricism and her radiant intelligence. There is an exquisite music in this work that is unlike anything else in contemporary poetry. ..Rain in Plural is a collection of glorious and absolute brilliance." David St. John. Fiona Sze-Lorrain has also written the piece, "How Each Line Appears | some loose leaves" in Princeton University Press.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of three previous poetry collections, including The Ruined Elegance, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has translated more than a dozen books of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poetry and is an accomplished musician, considered a major zheng harpist of her generation. She lives in Paris.
Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, most recently Boat and Necessities; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, including Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries.