Red Hen Press is excited to present an evening of poetry at the famed London Review Bookshop. Featuring writers and poets John Barr, Sarah Lindsay, and Imtiaz Dharker, it will be an evening you won’t want to miss.
Imtiaz Dharker grew up a Muslim Calvinist in a Lahori household in Glasgow, was adopted by India and married into Wales. She is an accomplished artist and documentary film-maker, and has published six books with Bloodaxe, Postcards from god (including Purdah) (1997), I Speak for the Devil (2001), The terrorist at my table (2006), Leaving Fingerprints (2009), Over the Moon (2014) and Luck Is the Hook (2018). All her poetry collections are illustrated with her drawings, which form an integral part of the books; she is one of very few poet-artists to work in this way. She was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2014, presented to her by The Queen in spring 2015, and has also received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Over the Moonwas shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2014. Her poems are on the British GCSE and A Level English syllabus, and she reads with other poets at Poetry Live! events all over the country to more than 25,000 students a year. She has had a dozen solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, Leeds, New York and Hong Kong. She scripts and directs films, many of them for non-government organisations in India, working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children. In 2015 she appeared on the iconic BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.
John Barr was born in Omaha and grew up in a rural township outside of Chicago. Graduating from Harvard College on a Navy scholarship, he served five years on ships including three tours to Vietnam. Over a 30-year career as investment banker, he was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and founded three startups. He has taught in the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College and served on the boards of Yaddo, Bennington College and the Poetry Society of America, the latter two as Board Chair. In 2004 he was appointed the inaugural president of the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, and served in that capacity for a decade. Dante in China is his ninth collection of poems.
Sarah Lindsay, a recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, is the author of several books, most recently Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower (Copper Canyon). Her work has received a Pushcart prize, and has appeared in Poetry, Parnassus, Reader’s Digest, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The 2011 Rhysling Anthology, and The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Poetry from 2010. She earns her keep as a copy editor in North Carolina.