Nick Laird. Photo: Zadie Smith.

Poetry: Nick Laird

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Nick Laird “has the rare ability to mate tragedy and comedy in a single line without making either side feel cheap for it” (Michael Chabon, Interview). Laird has written screenplays and three novels, as well as four books of poems. His most recent volume of poetry, Feel Free, was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2018. His honors include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Coffee, tea, and book signing with the author to follow.

Readings are organized and hosted by poet, critic, and UCLA distinguished research professor of English Stephen Yenser. Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of English and the UCLA Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs.

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