Monday, October 17, 2005

Lunch with poet Afaa Michael Weaver

November 19 2005
10 A.M. till 2 P.M.

Wilderness House Literary Retreat Presents: A Lunch with Afaa Michael Weaver.

A casual chat over lunch with renowned poet Afaa Michael Weaver. Lunch and hot coffee make an exceptional environment in which to talk about reading and writing and life.

Afaa Michael Weaver (born Michael S. Weaver) is the author of nine collections of poetry, several plays, and some short fiction. He has received NEA, Pew, and Pennsylvania Arts Council fellowships. In 2002 he taught at National Taiwan University as a Fulbright fellow. In playwriting Afaa has received the PDI Award from ETA Theater in Chicago. In April 2005 in Beijing he received a gold friendship medal from the Chinese Writers Association. He teaches at Simmons College where he is also director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center and chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference.

Two of his latest collections of poetry are Multitudes (Sarabande 2000) and The Ten Lights of God. His first book of poetry, Water Song, was published in 1985 as part of the Callaloo series. Since Water Song, Weaver has published eight more collections of poetry, including Multitudes,
Sandy Point, and The Ten Lights of God, all of which appeared in 2000. His full length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia under a small-Equity contract. His short fiction appears in Gloria Naylor?s Children of the Night and in Maria Gillan?s Identity Lessons.

Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian playwright, gave him the Ibo name ?Afaa,? meaning ?oracle,? while Dr. Perng Ching-hsi, of National Taiwan University has given him the Chinese name ?Wei Yafeng,? derived from ?Wei? for flourishing or blossoming, and ?Yafeng,? the title of a section of poems from the Book of Songs, the oldest anthology of Chinese poetry.

November 19 2005
10 A.M. till 2 P.M.
$25 per person, limited to 20 participants.