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A Conversation with Poet Nick Samaras. April 19, 2012.

April 19, 2012

Tonight I’ll be speaking to Nick Samaras who is the featured poet at The Mysteries of Light a poetry reading to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of 1979 Nobel Laureate Odysseas Elytis. This event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 3-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford, CT.

Besides Nick many other talented poets from the tri-state area will be reading their poetry that day. Here is an entire list of the poets scheduled to read on the 28th: George Wallace, Janet Krauss, Duane Esposito, Kathryn Fazio, Pramila Venkateswaran, Robert Roth, Mar Walker, John and Ginger Williams, Eleni Begetis Anastos, Eddie Wright, Carly Pierre, Eva-Maria Palevich, Agnes Roberts, Nicholas Miele, Rona Schenkerman and Dale Shaw.

Nick Samaras is a poet and essayist, the son of Bishop Kallistos Samaras, a prominent Greek Orthodox Clergyman and theologian. He is from Patmos, Greece and has lived in seven countries, thirteen states, and writes from a place of permanent exile. His first book of poetry, Hands of the Saddlemaker, received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1991. His individual poems have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and many other publications. He earned his doctorate from the University of Denver. Currently, he lives in West Nyack, New York. His next book of poetry is forthcoming.

Click here to read the blog that Nick referred to during the program about another writer’s interesting perspective on his poem:  “A Plum Night in Jerusalem, Three A.M.”

Click here to listen to our complete conversation.

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