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~ Upcoming ~


A Celebration of AGNI at Newtonville Books:
On Thursday, September 7th, at 7:00 p.m., the beloved independent bookstore hosts a reading by three AGNI editors: poetry editor Sumita Chakraborty, fiction editor Mary O’Donoghue, and blog editor David Ebenbach, who will read from his new novel Miss Portland. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 86:
On Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 86 with four readers TBA and a musical interlude by a local singer-songwriter. Our release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For accessibility concerns, please contact us.

The Launch of AGNI 87:
On Monday, April 23th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 87 with four readers TBA and a musical interlude by a local singer-songwriter. Our release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For accessibility concerns, please contact us.


~ Past Events ~


The Launch of AGNI 85:
On Monday, April 24th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 85 with readings by Wen Stephenson, Kim Adrian, Noah Warren, and Courtney Sender, with a musical interlude by singer-songwriter Brian King of What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?. Our release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [download our flyer]

Lusophone Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Portuguese Poet Rosa Alice Blanco
On Wednesday, April 19th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, along with the Center for the Study of Europe and Goethe-Institut Boston, hosts poet Rosa Alice Blanco, author of eleven collections and winner of the Espiral Maior Poetry Prize for best collection in Brazil, Portugal, Angola, and Galicia, for a conversation with her translator Alexis Levitan. A reception follows. Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, 1st floor. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Irish Poet Harry Clifton
On Tuesday, April 18th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, along with the Center for the Study of Europe and Goethe-Institut Boston, presents poet Harry Clifton, author of the collection Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (2007), which won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Moderated by Meg Tyler. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.

A Q&A with Boston Lit Mag Editors in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m., editors from AGNI, Harvard Review, Post Road, Redivider, Salamander, and other local journals will answer questions and talk about their magazines. Moderated by Jenn Scheck-Kahn of Journal of the Month. Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public​.


2016

An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Friday, November 11th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading by Kirun Kapur, Steve Yarbrough, and Danielle Legros Georges. During the year, the Roundtable series features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Redivider, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 84:
On Monday, October 24th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 84 with readings by Debra Spark, Meghan Marshall, Louis de Paor, and Cynthia Zarin, and a musical caesura by local singer-songwriter Jamie Mallari. Our release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 83:
On Monday, May 2nd, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 83 with readings by Andrea Barrett, Jayne Benjulian, David Daniel, and Heather Abel and music by local singer-songwriter Mali Sastri. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [download our flyer]

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Ilija Trojanow
On Tuesday, April 26th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, in conjunction with BU’s Center for the Study of Europe, presents Bulgarian-German writer Ilija Trojanow, who will read from The Lamentations of Zeno (Verso Books, 2016), a novel about climate disaster and a scientist imploding on a journey to the Antarctic. Born in Bulgaria in 1965 and brought up in East Africa, Trojanow established his name with the novel Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds, 2006) about the cross-cultural Victorian adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Trojanow has been prolific in a number of genres, including travel, ethnography, and science fiction. He has also become a major public intellectual in Austria and Germany with provocative interventions on topics such as Islam and the West, civil rights in the age of cyber-surveillance, and climate change. A reception follows. The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Greek story-writer Christos Ikonomou and his translator, Karen Emmerich
On Tuesday, April 19th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, along with Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, the Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Department of Classical Studies, presents Christos Ikonomou, whose stories use the Greek economic crisis as their backdrop, and his Princeton-based translator, Karen Emmerich. A reception follows. BU Castle, 225 Bay State Rd., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Lusophone Voices: A Reading and Conversation with José Eduardo Agualusa
On Tuesday, April 12th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, in conjunction with BU’s Center for the Study of Europe and the African Studies Centers at BU and UMass Lowell, presents Angolan novelist José Eduardo Agualusa. Moderated by BU professor Linda Heywood. A reception follows. The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Polish writer Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki and his translator, Julia Sherwood
On Thursday, March 31st, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, along with the Center for the Study of Europe and the Goethe-Institut, presents fiction writer and poet Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki and his U.K.-based translator, Julia Sherwood. A reception follows. Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Broken Mirrors: Where the Arab World Meets Europe: A Reading and Conversation with Lebanese Novelist Elias Khoury
On Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI, along with Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, Institute for Iraqi Studies, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, and Middle East and North African Studies Program, presents Elias Khoury, author of thirteen novels, including Broken Mirrors (Archipelago Books, 2016), four works of literary criticism, and three plays. Moderated by Jocelyne Cesari, Professor of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham (U.K.). A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.


2015

A Q&A with Boston Lit Mag Editors in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, November 2nd, at 7:00 p.m., editors from AGNI, Harvard Review, Post Road, Printer’s Devil Review, Salamander, and other local journals will answer questions and talk about their magazines. Moderated by Jenn Scheck-Kahn of Journal of the Month. Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public​.

The Launch of AGNI 82:
On Tuesday, October 20th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 82 with readings by Hungarian story-writer and war-zone correspondent Sándor Jászberényi; Rome Prize–winning poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg; Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Nicole Terez Dutton; memoirist, poet, and fiction writer Richard Hoffman; and for the first time a special musical guest, singer-songwriter Petaluma Vale, accompanied by harpist Ally Blake. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [download our flyer]

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Swiss Writer Christian Kracht
On Monday, September 21st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and BU’s Center for the Study of Europe present Swiss novelist Christian Kracht and his translator Danny Bowles. A reception follows. The Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, September 28th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading by Charles Haverty, Scott Ruescher, and Alden Jones. During the year, the Roundtable series features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Redivider, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Portuguese Writer Gonçalo M. Tavares
On Wednesday, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, along with the Center for the Study of Europe, and the Latin American Studies Program at Boston University, and the Saab-Pedrioso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research at UMass Lowell, presents novelist Gonçalo M. Tavares, author of Jerusalem, Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique, and A Man: Klaus Klump. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 81:
On Tuesday, April 28th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 81 with readings by novelist Lynne Sharon Schwartz, critic George Scialabba, poet Ralph Sneeden, and poet/translator Ani Gjika. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.


A Q&A with Boston Lit Mag Editors in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, April 20th, at 7:00 p.m., editors from AGNI, Harvard Review, Post Road, Printer’s Devil Review, and Salamander will answer questions and talk about their magazines. Moderated by Jenn Scheck-Kahn of Journal of the Month. Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public​.


2014

A Reading and Holiday Party at AGNI
On Thursday, December 11th, at 7:00 p.m. AGNI rings in the season with a cocktail party at our offices, featuring readings by members of our staff, in poetry Lynne Potts, Sumita Chakraborty, and Brian Burt, and in fiction William Giraldi and Jessica Keener. 236 Bay State Road, in the basement, Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 80:
On Tuesday, November 4th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 80 with readings by poet Karl Kirchwey, National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington, translator and essayist Ilan Stavans, and story writer Selena Anderson. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Mary O’Donoghue, Maggie Dietz, and Ben Miller. During the year, the Roundtable series features features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Redivider, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

A Celebration of AGNI at Newtonville Books:
On Wednesday, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI authors Jill McDonough and William Pierce will read at the beloved independent bookstore. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

European Voices in Translation: A Festival in Celebration of Europe Day
On Saturday, May 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., AGNI, the Center for the Study of Europe, and the Goethe Institut Boston present European Voices in Translation:

  • A Reading and Conversation with László Krasznahorkai and George Szirtes | Moderated by James Wood
  • A Reading from Bohumil Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions by translator Stacey Knecht
  • A reading of selected poems of Ivan Blatný’s by translator Veronika Tuckerova
  • A Reading and Conversation with Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ammiel Alcalay | Moderated by Ainsley Morse
  • A performance by Cambridge Concentus | Intertwined Musical Voices: Biber, Buxtehude, and Bach

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a reception follows. Goethe Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston. $10 admission, free with a student ID. Click for a full schedule.

The Launch of AGNI 79:
On Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 79 with readings by Megan Mayhew Bergman, Douglas Bauer, and Beth Woodcome Platow. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Spanish author Andrés Neuman
On Thursday, April 24th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, the Center for the Study of Europe, and the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University present Spanish poet, essayist, and translator Andrés Neuman, author of Traveller of the Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), winner of the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize and selected among the best books of the year by the critics of El Pais, El Mundo, The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, and by the Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. Moderated by Alicia Borinsky, a fiction writer, poet, and literary critic who has published extensively in English and Spanish in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.

Writing between Languages and Cultures: A Lecture by Yoko Tawada
On Tuesday, April 15th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Japan Society Boston, and the Goethe Institut Boston host the internationally renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Tawada has published stories, novels, poems, plays, essays in both Japanese and German. She has received the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. Moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott, senior lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and Haruki Murakami’s translator into Polish, and Peter Schwartz, associate professor of German & Comparative Literature at Boston University. A reception follows. Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI Reading in the Roundtable Series
On Monday, April 7th, at 7:00 p.m., Porter Square Books hosts AGNI for a reading with K. E. Duffin, Joan Wickersham, and Chard deNiord. During the year, the Roundtable series features AGNI, Post Road, Salamander, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review. Porter Square Shopping Center, 25 White St., Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with British poet Alice Oswald
On Thursday, February 20th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and the Poetry Reading Series at Boston University welcome British poet Alice Oswald, the author of six acclaimed collections. Her most recent, Memorial, is a deeply moving concentration of the Iliad that preserves the deaths and lives of its soldiers alongside renderings of the epic’s similes. A reception follows. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, BU’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.


2013

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Croatian novelist Dubravka Ugresic
On Thursday, November 21st, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Croatian novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugresic, whose books have been translated into over twenty languages. Her recent work Karaoke Culture (2011) was awarded the Jean Améry Essay Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Polish author Grazyna Plebanek
On Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Polish novelist Grazyna Plebanek. Her novel Illegal Liaisons, a literary sensation in Poland where it sold 27,000 copies, is Plebanek’s first to be translated into English (New Europe Books). She is also the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels PudeÅ‚ko ze szpilkami (Box of Stilettos, 2002), Dziewczyny z Portofino (Girls from Portofino, 2005), and Przystupa (A Girl Called Przystupa, 2007). BU Law School, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 78:
On Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 78 with readings by Edith Pearlman, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, J. D. Daniels, and David Rivard. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. [Download our press release]

European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu
On Wednesday, October 16th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Romanian novelist Mircea Cartarescu, whose novel Blinding has been one of the most heralded literary sensations in contemporary Romania, a bestseller from the day of its release. The first volume has just been published in the U.S. by Archipelago Books. The discussion will be moderated by Delia Ungureanu, assistant professor at the University of Bucharest and visiting lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Michael Longley
On Tuesday, October 15th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture present the Irish poet Michael Longley, called by Seamus Heaney “a custodian of griefs and wonders.” Longley’s 1991 Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. The Weather in Japan (2000) won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His recent publications include Snow Water (2004), Collected Poems (2006), and A Hundred Doors (2011). In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. A reception follows. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, BU’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

AGNI at Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekends
On September 15th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., join AGNI at Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekends, 14 Park Street, Somerville—a festival of books, culture, and community. Free and open to the public.

A Celebration of AGNI at Newtonville Books:
On Thursday, May 30th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI authors Mary Buchinger, F. J. Riopelle, and Lise Haines read at the beloved independent bookstore. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 77:
On Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 77 with readings by AGNI authors E. C. Osondu, Erica Funkhouser, and David Huddle. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Ciarán Carson
On Monday, April 8th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the poet Ciarán Carson. Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1948, into an Irish-speaking family. He is the author of several poetry collections, including The Irish for No (1987), winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; Belfast Confetti (1989); First Language: Poems (1994), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize; Breaking News (2003), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize; For All We Know (2008); On the Night Watch (2010); and Until Before After (2010). The conversation will be moderated by Meg Tyler, professor of humanities at Boston University. After the reading, Ciarán, who plays flute and whistle, and his wife Deirdre, an accomplished fiddler, will perform a selection of traditional Irish music. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 906. Free and open to the public.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Paul Muldoon
On Thursday, April 18th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the poet Paul Muldoon. Muldoon was born in Portadown, County Armagh, and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. He is the youngest member of a group of Northern Irish poets—including Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, and Derek Mahon—which gained prominence in the 1960s and ’70s. Muldoon’s poems have been collected into three books, Selected Poems 1968–1986 (1986), New Selected Poems: 1968–1994 (1996), and the hefty Poems 1968–1998 (2001). His book Moy Sand and Gravel (2002) won both the Pulitzer Prize and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. The conversation will be moderated by Dan Chiasson, poetry critic at The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Chiasson teaches poetry writing at Wellesley College and is the author of three collections, including Natural History and Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 206. Free and open to the public.

An evening of poetry at Newtonville Books:
David Daniel reads for AGNI during an evening of mag and small press poetry. Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

AGNI’s panel at the 2013 AWP Conference in Boston: “Options of the I: The Post-Memoir Memoir”
On Friday, March 8th, at 1:30 p.m., editor Sven Birkerts moderates as Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, Nin Andrews, and Alex Lemon explore personal writing in the age of the complexified “I.”  Our panelists will consider issues of obliquity, fragmentation, collage and counterpoint, truth-telling, personae, tonal ventriloquism, and other approaches that conduce to projecting new configurations of the contemplative and narrative self. Hynes Convention Center, Room 101. Open to everyone registered for the conference.

Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Colm Tóibín
On Thursday, February 28th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and Boston University’s Center for the Humanities present the celebrated Irish novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet Colm Tóibín. Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. His published works include The Testament of Mary, The Master (a novel based on the life of Henry James), and Brooklyn, and the story collections Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family. The conversation will be moderated by Christopher Ricks, William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and former professor of English at Bristol and at Cambridge Universities. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, Room 206. Free and open to the public.


2012


The Launch of AGNI 76, the second issue in our 40th Anniversary year:
On Tuesday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 76—and celebrates forty years—with readings by AGNI authors Sigrid Nunez, Carol Ann Davis, Jeffrey Mehlman, and Jill McDonough. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Boston Book Festival at Copley Square, Saturday, October 27th.
Visit our table from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor bookfair. Then, from 6 o’clock on, join AGNI and Salamander at Solas Irish Pub, 710 Boylston St., in the Lenox Hotel.

The Story of My Assassins: A Conversation with Tarun Tejpal
On Monday, October 1st, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Indian novelist and journalist Tarun Tejpal. Widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in India, Tejpal heads the independent news agency Tehelka, which has broken new ground for its aggressive public interest journalism. Story of My Assassins is his second novel. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Landscape of the Dispossessed: Nobel laureate Herta Müller in conversation with Askold Melnyczuk and William Pierce
On Saturday, May 12th, at 4:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present the Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, in conversation with Askold Melnyczuk, founding editor of AGNI and the author of three novels, and William Pierce, senior editor of AGNI, whose fiction has appeared in Granta, Ecotone, and elsewhere. A reception follows. Barristers Hall, Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

The Launch of AGNI 75, the first issue in our 40th Anniversary year:
On Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 75—and celebrates forty years—with a Robert Lowell extravaganza: Saskia Hamilton, Lloyd Schwartz, Fanny Howe, Gail Mazur, Tom Sleigh, Christopher Benfey, Fred Marchant, and Robert Gardner reflect on the man and the poetry. Plus a slideshow of never-before-released photographs of Lowell taken by Gardner in 1959. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI discussion panel at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival: How Does Poetry Shape Poetry?
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., AGNI will host a discussion in the Cetology Room of the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square (161 Essex St), Salem, as part of the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. “Beyond the individual poet’s inspirations, a shifting host of conventions, traditions, and unspoken rules shapes contemporary American poetry. We’ll ask panelists to discuss their relationship to poetry past and present, to describe the influences they embrace and those they avoid. How do they go about resisting? And in what ways do they borrow? From choices made (sonnet, sestina, free verse) to habits overcome (self-censorship, groupthink), how have these poets responded to the broader conversation? We’ll ask our panelists to read from work that reveals or breaks unspoken expectations, or aims to reshape and extend the tradition.” With panelists K. E. Duffin, John Hodgen, and Jill McDonough, moderated by Erin Trahan.

Poetry and Politics: A Conversation between Don Paterson and Dan Chiasson
On Tuesday, March 27th, at 6:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe present Scottish poet Don Paterson, winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Forward Prize (twice), in conversation with Dan Chiasson, poetry critic for The New Yorker and author of three collections. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

The New England Poetry Club hosts AGNI:
On Monday, March 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts a reading by AGNI contributors Karina Borowicz, Len Krisak, and Jennifer S. Flescher. Harvard Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.


2011

The launch of AGNI 74:
On Wednesday, November 9th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 74 with Sydnea Lea, Sarah Braunstein, Jonathan Wilson, and William Giraldi. A release party will follow. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for our event flyer.

Literary Magazine Fair at Newtonville Books:
Kirun Kapur reads for AGNI at the annual Lit Mag Fair at Newtonville Books. Saturday, October 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. Readings start at 2:30 p.m. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.

The launch of AGNI 73:
On Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 73 with readings by David Ferry, Kathleen Hill, and Peter Balakian. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for bios and other information.

A Bishop Centenary Extravaganza:
On Thursday, February 10th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI, the Poetry Series at Boston University, the Poetry Society of America, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux join up to celebrate the centenary of Elizabeth Bishop’s birth with readings by Jorie Graham, Peter Sacks, Christopher Ricks, Frank Bidart, Maggie Dietz, Erica Funkhauser, Lloyd Schwartz, Saskia Hamilton, David Ferry, Gail Mazur, Dan Chiasson, Henri Cole, Jonathan Galassi, and Bonnie Costello. Jacob Sleeper Auditorium at Boston University’s College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.


2010

Launching The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction:
On November 10th—with cosponsors PEN New England, The Center for African Studies at Boston University, and the African American Studies Program at Boston University—we celebrate contemporary African fiction with an afternoon panel discussion (4:00 p.m., at BU’s African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, Boston) and an evening reading and reception (7:00 p.m., at BU’s Photonics Center Auditorium, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston) featuring acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila; Ugandan writer Doreen Baingana, flying in from Kenya; Caine Prize–winner Henrietta Rose-Innes, coming from her home country of South Africa; Zimbabwean story-writer Bernard Farai Matambo; and Nigerian poet and memoirist Ogaga Ifowodo, whose first published story appears in the portfolio.

The New England Poetry Club Hosts AGNI:
On Monday, October 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts AGNI’s poetry editor, Lynne Potts, and assistant poetry editor, Sumita Chakraborty, for a reading by “Editors Who Write.” Harvard Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI reading at River Run Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
On Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:00 p.m., RiverRun Bookstore hosts AGNI for a reading by Anne Germanacos, Jeffrey Harrison, and Senior Fiction Editor William Giraldi. RiverRun Bookstore, 20 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI reading at The Montauk Club in Brooklyn:
On Wednesday, September 22nd, at 8:00 p.m., the Montauk Club will host AGNI for a reading by Judith Baumel, Martha Cooley, and Giles Harvey. The Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn. $5 for non-members. Click for more information.

The launch of AGNI 71:
On Tuesday, May 11th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 71 with readings by Michelle Hoover, Wyn Cooper, Valerie Duff, and Mark Slouka. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public. Click here for bios and other information.

An AGNI reading at The New School, with a tribute to artist Michael Mazur:
On Monday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., The New School hosts AGNI for a reading by Terese Svoboda and Ken Kalfus, with a Michael Mazur tribute by John Yau and Catherine Murphy, moderated by Tom Sleigh. The New School, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, Room 510. Free and open to the public.


2009

The launch of AGNI 70:
On Tuesday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 70 with readings by Amy Hempel, Ravi Shankar, Holly Pettit, and Joshua Gidding. A release party follows. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

Tomaz Salamun with David Rivard, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host acclaimed Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, considered one of the great postwar Central European poets. David Rivard moderates. A reception follows. Barrister’s Hall, BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., 1st floor, behind Marsh Chapel. Free and open to the public.

Göran Sonnevi and his translator, poet Rika Lesser, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Friday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Swedish poet Göran Sonnevi, winner of the 2006 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, with his English-language translator, poet Rika Lesser. AGNI Advisory Board member Rosanna Warren will moderate. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public. [Due to illness, Göran Sonnevi was unable to attend.]

Twenty Years After the Fall of the Wall, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present German poet, songwriter, and former dissident Wolf Biermann, along with Marianne Birthler, head of the state-funded body that manages the archives of the former East German secret police (Stasi). Karl Kaiser of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will moderate. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Saskia Hamilton and Kieron Winn, a “Eurospectives” reading and discussion:
On Monday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present poets Saskia Hamilton and Kieron Winn, in conversation with Christopher Ricks, professor of the humanities at Boston University. A reception follows. Barrister’s Hall, BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor (behind the School of Theology and Marsh Plaza). Free and open to the public.

The first fall event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Monday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Simon Armitage, widely considered among the top British poets of his generation, in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

A Celebration of AGNI:
On Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., Newtonville Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Bret Anthony Johnston, Rosamond Purcell, and Melissa Green. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.

The launch of AGNI 69 and the next event in our “Eurospectives” series:
On Monday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI, Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences, and the Center for International Relations present Bernardo Atxaga, the Basque-Spanish author of The Accordionist’s Son, and Ilan Stavans, the “czar of Latino culture in the United States” (The New York Times), in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public. A reception follows, plus TAPAS AT AGNI’s OFFICES! [see the event flyer here]

Fourth event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host eastern German novelist Clemens Meyer and Hungarian novelist Attila Bartis, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Third event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host Romanian poet Liliana Ursu and her translator Sean Cotter, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

Second event in our major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences host Turkish author Zafer Senocak and his translator Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright, in conversation with AGNI founder Askold Melnyczuk. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.

An AGNI evening in Massachusetts Cultural Council’s “Commonwealth Reading Series”:
On Tuesday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m., the Massachusetts Cultural Council and AGNI cohost a reading featuring Michael Downing, Rachel Kadish, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, and Joan Wickersham. The series features fellows and finalists from MCC’s Artist Fellowship Program. Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge. Free and open to the public.

First event in a major 2009 series, “Eurospectives”:
On Monday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m., AGNI and Boston University’s Institute for Human Sciences present Bernhard Schlink, the German author of The Reader (now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes), in conversation with Mark Feeney, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The Boston Globe. A reception follows. BU’s Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St, 9th Floor. Free and open to the public.


2008

A Celebration of AGNI Fiction:
On Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m., Newtonville Books hosts AGNI for a reading with Charles Haverty, Xujun Eberlein, and Urban Waite. 296 Walnut St., Newtonville.

The launch of AGNI 68:
On Wednesday, November 12th, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 68 with readings by Dick Allen, Leah Hager Cohen, and Roland Merullo; also a screening of the Robert Gardner film included on DVD in the issue, and a raffle of a Dante print by featured artist Michael Mazur. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public.

NEPC’s annual celebration of AGNI:
On Tuesday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m., the New England Poetry Club hosts an all-AGNI reading at the Cambridge Public Library, Central Square branch. Todd Hearon, Emily Scudder, and Dzvinia Orlowsky read from their work. 45 Pearl St., Cambridge, Mass. Free and open to the public.

The launch of AGNI 67:
On Thursday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m., AGNI launches issue 67 with a reading and discussion with Polish novelist Magdalena Tulli and American writer Lawrence Weschler, moderated by Editor Sven Birkerts. Cohosted by the Institute for Human Sciences, with a release party following. BU School of Management, 595 Comm. Ave., 4th floor. Free and open to the public.
 

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