Poetry: Alice Oswald

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Co-presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles 

As part of the Library Foundation and Los Angeles Public Library’s citywide celebration of Homer’s The Odyssey, the acclaimed British poet Alice Oswald recites her epic poem, Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad, which brings the account of the Trojan War into contemporary focus. Oswald is the recipient of the inaugural Ted Hughes Award, the T. S. Eliot Award, and the Warwick Prize for Writing. 

In conjunction with The L.A. Odyssey Project, an initiative of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library.

Read the New York Times review of Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad.


This series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide

Poetry is supported, in part, by the UCLA Department of English and Friends of English.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.