Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Big Read*: Poets That Inspire Poets

The Big Read*: Poets That Inspire Poets
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 6:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue

In partnership with the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, The Poetry Center presents an evening featuring Sharon Fain, the 2009 winner of the Tor House Poetry Prize, reading from the works of Robinson Jeffers and her own poetry. The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).

Sharon Fain is the 2009 winner of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry East, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Poetry Review and other publications. She is the author of "Telling the Story Another Way," which won the Pudding House Press Chapbook prize. Retired from the Counseling Department at City College of San Francisco, she now lives part of the year in Ghana.

Built from granite boulders gathered from the rocky shore of Carmel Bay and located on a windswept, barren promontory, Tor House was made by poet Robinson Jeffers as a home and refuge for himself and his family. It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all of his major poetical works. Today Tor House is home to the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

For more information about Tor House and Robinson Jeffers, visit

*The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. For more information visit the Big Read website.