Poet Heather Derr-Smith Invited to Deliver Series of Lectures in Bosnia
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Under invitation from the International University of Sarajevo, Heather Derr Smith will travel to four cities in Bosnia in November 2009 to deliver a series of reading, workshops, and lectures.
The International University of Sarajevo has invited ISU poet, Heather Derr Smith, to read from her recent book, The Bride Minaret, and deliver a series of lectures and workshops at the following locations in Bosnia between November 20th-26th, 2009. Ms. Smith has received a small grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide partial support for this activity.
About The Bride Minaret
Heather Derr-Smith’s second collection journeys to the rough core of desire, creating and destroying binaries along the way. Familiar artifacts of domesticity become as volatile as land mines, and the streets of Damascus, Calcutta, and other faraway locales obliterate the American landscape. Yet Derr-Smith’s poetry transcends time and place, illuminating the ties that bind man to woman, mother to child. The Bride Minaret is a relentless chronicle of experience, where the sacred and profane become interchangeable, where “Every tent has a name, and every name is the breath of you.”
The Bride Minaret is a book of emotional, literary, and cultural substance. As Mandelson wrote of Auden: the poems bear witness to the close connection between intelligence and love. The same can be said of Derr-Smith, whose work is global, with settings in Iraq, British Columbia, Algiers, Paris, Sarajevo, Cairo, the West Bank, and various U.S. locations. Her poems are intercultural, expansive while still grounded in the evocative complexities of motherhood, childhood, and faith. The Bride Minaret is a wonderfully intense collection.