Poetry reading and conversation with Karen Chase

Wednesday, March 6
6:00-7:30 pm
Weil Towh Hall (Belfer building, ground floor)
Harvard Kennedy School


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Karan ChaseKaren Chase’s poems, stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Gettysburg Review and Southwest Review, among others. Her book of poems, Kazimierz Square, was short-listed by Foreword Magazine as "Best Indie Poetry Book of 2000." Land of Stone, her non-fiction book about her work as Poet-in-Residence at a psychiatric hospital won a Bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Bear, her second collection of poems, was released in 2008 and her book-length homoerotic poem, Jamali-Kamali: A Tale of Passion in Mughal India, was released last year.

Among her honors, she has been a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, The Sanskriti Foundation, and at The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including several from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and The Rockefeller Foundation. Chase lives in Western Massachusetts.


A book-length homoerotic poem about Jamali and Kamali, two men who lived in 16th century Delhi. According to the oral tradition, the men were lovers.