Buffalo-based educator, community activist, poet, and memoirist Olga Karman will lead a discussion of poet Richard Blanco's 2005 collection "Directions to the Beach of the Dead" and other works by Blanco this Monday at 7 p.m. at Betty's Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. in Buffalo in a Just Buffalo Literary Center BABEL at Betty's event.
the 2013 Presidential Inaugural poet, will be the first guest of Just Buffalo's
BABEL Lecture Series 2013-2014 season on Oct. 22 in Kleinhans Music
Karman--who met Blanco thirteen years ago while attending the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Middlebury, Vermont--is the author of the memoir "Scatter My Ashes over Havana" as well as two books of poetry, "Adiós" and "Border Crossing". Born in Havana, Cuba, she left that country with her family in 1960. Educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Latin American literature, Karman moved to Buffalo in 1976, where she taught at Nichols School before joining the D'Youville College faculty. Her poems grace the mural of the Buffalo Metro Rail Allen St./Medical Campus Station. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Admission to the event is $10, $5 for Just Buffalo members and/or BABEL subscribers.