Panel Discussion on “The Poetic Imagination”
Saturday, September 19 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 pm
I’m excited to be moderating a panel at the first traveling edition of the venerable Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the world’s largest free-and-open-to-all literary event. Most events will take place at the Boulder Public Library, , 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302. Click here for a map to the library.
Authors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple* launched the JLF a decade ago in Jaipur, India. At the time it drew just a handful of spectators; this past January, according to The Economist, “it attracted an estimated 80,000.”
It is perhaps a natural evolution for the JLF to reach halfway around the world and bring its colorful energies to Boulder on September 19 and 20 (click here to check out the full program), although pre-festival events have already begun.
Our panel, which will wrestle with the notion of “The Poetic Imagination,” will include Pulitzer Prize-winner Vijay Seshadri, Eleni Sikelianos, and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. As moderator, I’ll simply attempt to open up some interesting crosscurrents among these fiercely creative poets.
Come join us! Like all JLF events, it’s free of charge, although registration is required.
* An aside: Historian William Dalrymple’s book White Mughals: Love & Betrayal in Eighteenth Century India has been made into a BBC documentary that aired a few days ago, on September 4. You can watch it online through the end of this month, and I highly recommend it.