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O.B. Hardison Poetry Series: Fly Between Worlds Reading

March 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Monday, March 15 at 6:30 pm ET, Folger’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland, welcomes Irish poet and writer Doireann Ní Ghríofa to read from her work—in both Irish and English—in a live virtual reading. Her prose debut A Ghost in the Throat was awarded Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Following the reading, she will be joined in conversation with poet LeAnne Howe. The two poets will discuss the special and long-standing connection between the Irish and indigenous communities of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The online reading will be followed by a moderated conversation with Doireann Ní Ghríofa, LeAnne Howe, and Teri Cross Davis, Poetry Coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Honorable Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, welcomes the poets.

East City Bookshop is the online bookseller for this event.

Tickets are $5-$15 and can be purchased at the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077 or by visiting

About The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, one of the nation’s most established poetry reading programs, is noted for featuring an extensive range of outstanding poets. The series was founded in 1970 when the late O.B. Hardison, Jr., a renowned teacher, scholar, and poet, became director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and established many outreach programs to make the resources of the extraordinary research library available to the Washington community. Major funding for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is provided by the Lannan Foundation, which sponsors readings at the Folger and at Georgetown University, as well as a collaborative undergraduate learning program with the Lannan Fellows.

About Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual Irish writer whose writing explores birth, death, desire, and domesticity. She has published six books of poetry, most recently Lies, a bilingual volume of her own translations and original Irish language poems. Her prose debut A Ghost in the Throat was awarded Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Other awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Ostana Prize, a Seamus Heaney Fellowship, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among others.

About LeAnne Howe

The poet, fiction writer, filmmaker, and playwright LeAnne Howe is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Her lyrical poems engage Native American life. She is the author of the poetry collection Evidence of Red: Poems and Prose, which won the Oklahoma Book Award. Her honors include a Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.


March 15, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
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