Poets have been moved by bird song and identified with birds’ mysterious beauty throughout literary history. Poet and children’s author Susan Edwards Richmond provides an immersive reading offering a brief tour of bird-inspired poetry from the first known verse spoken in Hindi to Shakespeare’s writings and contemporary work by Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder. Listeners can appreciate the deep connection these writers felt for their subjects, while turning inward to ask what birds mean in their own personal aesthetics. Her talk is followed by a book signing and opportunity for conversation.
Registration for the meeting opens at 8 a.m. Don’t miss the Wayne Petersen Lecture by evolutionary biologist and ornithologist Richard Prum, author of The Evolution of Beauty, at 9 a.m. Click here for more info.