The Ninety-Third Name of God: A Poetry Reading by Anya Krugovoy Silver '90The Ninety-Third Name of God: A Poetry Reading by Anya Krugovoy Silver '90http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/165682Woodside Cottage Meditation Room2011-02-16T19:30:002011-02-16T21:30:00
February 16,2011 7:30PM–9:30PM
Woodside Cottage Meditation Room
On Wednesday, Feb. 16th at 7:30 pm in Woodside Cottage, Anya Krugovoy Silver '90 will read from her recently published collection of poetry, “The Ninety-Third Name of God” (LSU, 2010). Of this work, Jill Baumgaertner has written, “These poems reveal the work made flesh—incarnate experiences cracked open to light, celebrations of the meaning found in suffering and healing, in death and in birth. From the bald sisterhood of women with breast cancer to the cleaving loss of an unborn child, from the jubilant ‘Canticle of the Washing Machine’ to a love song based on the metaphor of French toast, these are poems about the private and the public worlds of women, worlds infused with the luminosity and inscrutable nature of God.”
Born in Swarthmore, PA, she received a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from Haverford College, and was the first recipient of the Krieger Prize in creative writing. Silver's undergraduate thesis examined The Lowell Offering, a 19th century literary journal written and edited by women working in the Lowell textile mills. After graduating, she taught English for a year in a Mississippi public high school as a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, and then spent a year working in the National Geographic Society library in Washington, D.C. She missed the classroom and decided to return to graduate school at Emory University, where she earned a Ph.D. in English literature with a specialization in Victorian literature and additional interests in children’s literature, women’s studies, and poetry. Since then, she has been lucky enough to teach at Mercer (since 2000) and spend her days reading and talking about literature.
Silver has published a book of literary criticism, Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge UP, 2006) and a book of poetry, The Ninety Third Name of God (LSU, 2010). She has also published poetry in numerous journals, including Image, Christianity and Literature, The Christian Century, The Anglican Theological Review, Crab Orchard Review, and many others. In academic journals, she has published essays on Christina Rossetti’s poetry, the Victorian children’s writer Lucy Lane Clifford, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and the film The Stepford Wives. An essay about her experiences being pregnant with breast cancer in A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors (2009).
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