Nov 3 @ 5PM via Zoom: NH Humanities @ Home – Finding Your Way: The Night Sky

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Date(s) - November 3, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


New Hampshire’s BIG READ invites us to explore how we share stories, understand our world, and envision a better future for New Hampshire. Through free local book discussions, lectures, poetry, and programs that blend the humanities, arts, and science, generations of Granite Staters will gather to read, think, and understand our shared story of New Hampshire.

From the 12th century BCE to the present, poets have turned to the night sky for metaphors to express uncertainty and loneliness but also adventurousness and the awe that people feel when starting out on something new. Connecting Andrew Krivak’s  novel The Bear to these literary traditions, poet Midge Goldberg will lead us in discussion about select passages about the night sky in The Bear, exploring how the story grapples with the journeying into the unknown, and share poems from her anthology Outer Space: 100 Poems. Together we’ll examine how writers and poets, here in New England and all around the world, create stories from the night sky.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

About the presenter: Midge Goldberg is the editor of the anthology Outer Space: 100 Poems, published by Cambridge University Press in December 2022. Her third collection of poetry, To Be Opened After My Death, was published by Kelsay Books in 2021. Her book, Snowman’s Code, received the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award as well as the 2016 NH Literary Award Readers’ Choice in Poetry, and she received the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. She holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire and lives in New Hampshire with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.

WHEN: Friday, November 3 at 5:ooPM (ET)

WHERE: Online via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive a link to this free presentation.