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03.18.21

The Fulbright Program Presents: An Evening of Poetry

March 18, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

In recognition of World Poetry Day, join the Fulbright Program in celebrating the power of words. This evening will proudly feature a special reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, 1974 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany, who will read a collection of poems and reflect on her Fulbright experience.

Alyea Pierce, 2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Storyteller to Trinidad and Tobago and spoken word artist, will lead an evening featuring readings of original works by accomplished Fulbright poets Elisa Gonzalez, 2016 Fulbright U.S. Student to Poland; Ruth Behar, 1980 Fulbright U.S. Student to Spain and 2006 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Argentina; and William Langford, 2014 Fulbright U.S. English Teaching Assistant to Kenya; as well as conversation and a chance to highlight yet-undiscovered Fulbright poets.

Fulbright Poetry Day Speakers

Meet the Poets

Rita Dove, a poet and writer, is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Her poetry has earned her fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, among others. She holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia where she has been teaching since 1989.

Alyea Pierce, Ed.M, is an educator and international performance poet who has performed her spoken word poetry internationally from the U.S. to South Africa. Her work has appeared online and in print publications, including the Guardian, New York Daily News, Caribbean Writer, and Autism Speaks.

Ruth Behar is an anthropologist, professor, poet, writer, MacArthur “Genius” fellow and John Simon Guggenheim fellow. She is the author of the Pura Belpré Award-winning book, Lucky Broken Girl. Her new novel, Letters from Cuba, is soon to appear in Spanish as Cartas de Cuba.

Elisa Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award recipient. Her work appears in The New Yorker, Adi Magazine, Mississippi Review, The Literary Review, The Boiler Journal and elsewhere.

William Langford is a poet, teaching artist, and 2017 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year who divides his energy between education and community development projects in the U.S. and East Africa. His work has appeared in The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, Ilanot Review, Work/6, Falling Hard and 2 Bridges Review.