The Poetry Society of America and The Museum of Chinese in America presentLiu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies: A Reading and Discussion with Jeffrey Yang and Larry Siems on Thursday, Aug 2, 6:30 p.m.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was a prominent figure in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Each year after the government crackdown he commemorated his fellow activists with a poem. These poems will be published in both English and Chinese for the first time in June Fourth Elegies. Liu is currently serving an 11-year jail sentence in China for his political writings. Poet, editor at New Directions, and translator Jeffrey Yang will read a selection from his translation of Liu’s June Fourth Elegies. Yang will be joined by Larry Siems, director of the PEN American Center’s Freedom to Write Program, for a discussion on Liu’s poetic process and the state of free expression in contemporary China.
The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Free and open to the public. For more information, visit poetrysociety.org.