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(Hybrid) The Poetics of Loneliness with Catherine Barnett and Maureen McLane

Wed May 29 @ 19 h 30 - 20 h 30


The Library is delighted to welcome esteemed poets Catherine Barnett and Maureen McLane.

Catherine Barnett is celebrated for her exploration of human fragility, loneliness, and connection. In her new collection Solutions for the Problems of Bodies in Space, Barnett probes the complexities of love, loss, and deliberate living. 

Maureen McLane’s new book, My Poetics, explores poems as speculative instruments and as ways of registering our very sense of being alive. 

Barnett and McLane will read and discuss loneliness as a source of artistic creation and the urgency of poetry in an increasingly isolating world. 

Join us as we explore the problems of being human brought into new relief through the contours of poetry. 

About the speakers:

Catherine Barnett is the author of four poetry collections, including Solutions for the Problem of Bodies in Space (2024 Graywolf); Human Hours (New York Times “Best Poetry of 2018” selection); The Game of Boxes (James Laughlin Award); and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Beatrice Hawley Award). A Guggenheim fellow, she received a 2022 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, The NY Review of Books, The Yale Review, The Nation, Harper’s, and elsewhere. She teaches in NYU’s MFA Program and works as an independent editor. 

Maureen N. McLane is the author of eight books of poetry, two critical monographs on British romantic poetics, an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism (My Poets), and numerous essays on romantic-era and contemporary literature and culture.  Her most recent books are What You Want: poems (2023) and My Poetics (2024), an adventure in poeticriticism. She is the Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

Learn more:

Read glowing reviews of Solutions for the Problems of Bodies in Space in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Publishers Weekly

Discover an interview with Maureen McLane in the Paris Review.

Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (the speaker(s) will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

Attendance at this event constitutes permission for your photograph or video to be taken at the event and used by the American Library in Paris for marketing, promotional, pedagogical, or other purposes.

Evenings with an Author are free and open to the public (with a 10€ suggested donation)
thanks to the generous support of Gregory Annenberg Weingarten of GRoW @ Annenberg.


Wed May 29
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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(Hybrid) The Poetics of Loneliness with Catherine Barnett and Maureen McLane
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