Poet Olga Broumas will give a Thornton Reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Sydnor Performance Hall.
Broumas has published seven collections of poetry, the first Restlessness in Greece, then a chapbook Caritas, next Beginning with O, with Yale University Press, followed by four other collections with Copper Canyon Press: (Soi Sauvage, Pastoral Jazz, Perpetua, Rave). Broumas has also published two collections in collaboration with Jane Miller and T. Begley respectively. In the year 2000, Copper Canyon released a CD of readings from her poetry collection Rave and her Elytis translation Eros, Eros, entitled: Olga Broumas, A Listener’s Companion.
Broumas has translated three collections of the Greek poet Odysseas Elytis, and one chapbook by the Greek poet Kiki Dimoula. In 1977 she was chosen by Stanley Kunitz to win the Yale Younger Poets award. She has also been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Vermont Arts Council Grant, Karolyi Foundation Fellowship, and Centrum Foundation Residency.
Broumas is from the island of Syros in Greece. She earned her BA in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Since 1995 she has been a poet-in-residence and director of Creative Writing Brandeis University in Boston. She runs the Freehand Center for Women Artists on Cape Cod since the1980s. She also practices healing, massage therapy, and other body work.
A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is sponsored by the Richard H. Thornton Endowment in English.