Peter Balakian

Spring 2018

Lewandowski Poet


Peter Balakian is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal, which recounts the speaker’s memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists. He is the author of five other poetry collections and the memoir Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir, and The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response. Balakian has published essays on poetry, culture, art, and social thought, and he’s appeared widely on national television and radio: ABC World News Tonight, The Charlie Rose Show, Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air”; NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and CNN. He teaches at Colgate University.

April 12, 7pm — Reading & Conversation with SJSU President Mary Papazian, Hammer Theatre, VIP Reception to follow.

In conjunction with Legacy of Poetry Day.


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“Few American poets of the boomer generation have explored the interstices of public and personal history as deeply and urgently as has Balakian, and his significance as a poet of social consciousness is complemented by his work in other genres.” —David Wojahn

“It is possible that Balakian’s poetry suggests a revolutionary truth: human empathy is stronger than hate…and that it is never too late to honour human dignity.”  The Literary Review

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.