2020 ViRTUAL LiTFUSE Keynote
Dennis Nurkse: Keynote
Poetry and Crisis
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Rules of Paradise (2001), The Fall (2003), The Border Kingdom (2008), and Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult (2017), D. Nurkse’s parents escaped Nazi Europe during World War II—his Estonian father, the eminent economist Ragnar Nurkse, worked for the League of Nations in Vienna, his mother was an artist—and moved to New York. Nurkse’s family moved back to live in Europe for a number of years, returning to the United States around the time of the Vietnam War. Nurkse lives in New York and has been named poet laureate of Brooklyn.
Nurkse has taught workshops at Rikers Island, and his poems about prison life appeared in many prominent magazines. He has taught at The New School University and Columbia University, and is currently on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He has translated anonymous medieval and flamenco Spanish lyric poems and has written about the Spanish pastoral poems by contemporary Giannina Braschi.
His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and others. His poem, “The Body,” can be read and heard in the January 13, 2020 Issue of The New Yorker.
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