AUSTIN, Texas—With a nod to early English bards and a wink at the current pop fascination with forensics, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin announces the schedule for its new season of Poetry on the Plaza readings.
The schedule, covering the 2005-06 academic year, includes such themed readings as “The Beowulf Poets” and “CSI: Crime Scene Interpretations.” As in past years, the Actors from the London Stage will participate in two of the readings.
Several of the fall semester readings will relate to “Ansel Adams: A Legacy,” the Ransom Center’s semester-long exhibition of the photographer’s images, beginning with this year’s inaugural Poetry on the Plaza event, “Poetryscapes,” on Sept. 7.
Poetry on the Plaza is a monthly noontime reading series sponsored by the Ransom Center. It is generally on the first Wednesday of each month and often features the works of authors whose papers are housed at the center. Past poets read include William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton and Dylan Thomas.
Readers are drawn from the local community and have included professors and students as well as local celebrities.
The readings take place on the plaza directly east of the Ransom Center’s main entrance. Poetry on the Plaza is free and open to the public. In cases of inclement weather, readings will be in the Ransom Center’s lobby.
The 2005-06 Poetry on the Plaza schedule includes:
- Sept. 7—Poetryscapes
- Sept. 28 and 30—Featured readings by the Actors from the London Stage
- Oct. 5—Poetry at Point Sur
- Nov. 2—The Poem Itself
- Dec. 7—Improv-ed Holiday Tunes
- Feb. 1—The Beowulf Poets
- March 1—Lyric(s)
- April 5—Muscled Like the Lion
- May 3—CSI: Crime Scene Interpretations.
For more information contact: Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Ransom Center, 512-471-8949.