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Artemis Leontis discusses her biography, “Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins”

August 23, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:30 pm 
Artemis Leontis Discusses Her Biography - "Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins" 
Where: Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
Speaker: Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan

The Program in Modern Greek Studies cordially invites you to join us for a lecture presented by Artemis Leontis from the University of Michigan - “Artemis Leontis discusses her biography, ‘Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins’ with Eleni Sikelianos, poet and Brown Professor of Literary Arts.” 

Leontis will briefly present the questions guiding her research on the life of Eva Palmer Sikelianos, on one of the strangest, most deeply influential visitors to Greece of the twentieth century. She will be joined in conversation with Eleni Sikelianos, great-granddaughter of Eva Palmer Sikelianos, and her Greek poet husband Angelos Sikelianos. For Sikelianos, Leontis’s book is “groundbreaking” because it “brings Eva Palmer Sikelianos’s revolutionary, culture-changing work and life out of the shadows, throwing light into archival and historical recesses at every turn. Leontis expertly unfolds and contextualizes this figure who could not be contained by time, whose life work influenced the cultural direction of modern Greece, and who queered American culture in ways we have yet to recognize.”

Artemis Leontis is the C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan and Chair of Classical Studies. She has taught Greek to innumerable students, who have gone on to do marvelous things. In her research, she considers how the past is interwoven in the fabric of present Greek society, especially how Greek receptions of antiquity affirm or disrupt the logic of Western classicism. She has been supported in her research by fellowships from the NEH and the Institute for the Humanities at U Michigan. Publication of her new book, Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins (2019), follows years of research. She is currently working on a collection of Eva Palmer’s youthful love letters.

Eleni Sikelianos, a native of California, is the author of two hybrid memoirs  and eight books of poetry, most recently Make Yourself Happy. As a translator, she has published Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light and Sabine Macher’s the L notebook. Her work, which frequently draws on biology resources, looks into the open from our deep animal past, seeking passage backwards and forwards in worlds and in times. For a decade, she worked as a poet in residence in homeless shelters, public schools, and prisons. Before coming to Brown, she taught at the University of Denver (where she founded and ran the Writers in the Schools program), and she remains on guest faculty for the Naropa Summer Writing Program. She has been the happy recipient of various awards for her poetry, nonfiction, and translations.

As always, this event is free and open to the public, a light reception will follow, and there will be photography.  You can find more information on the MGS website and Classics Facebook page.  We hope to see you there!