Each year The Brockport Writers Forum reading series invites major contemporary writers to read their work and discuss their craft. The series this week brings Tehran, Iran-born poet Kaveh Akbar to town. Akbar's work is a dreamy, poignant blend of sensory experience and existential grappling. He is the author of the recent collection, "Calling a Wolf a Wolf," and the chapbook "Portrait of the Alcoholic," and currently teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University in Indiana. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere, and he is the editor of divedapper.com, which is a collection of interviews with contemporary poets. Follow him on twitter (@KavehAkbar) for a continuous stream of great poetry that's caught his eye.
Akbar will read from his new work Wednesday, March 21, at the New York Room in Cooper Hall, College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive. 7 p.m. Free. The current Writers Forum season continues with Aja Monet, author of "My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter," on April 4; and concludes on April 25 with 2018 Art of Fact Award for Excellence in Literary Nonfiction winner Phillip Lopate (special time and place; details at brockport.edu). 395-2503.