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Hinge Literary Center Event: “Why Write?"

When: Thu., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. 2011

The Hinge Literary Center expands its array of offerings, adding a lecture series to the recent debut of the Hinge Poem online. UNC-Chapel Hill professor Alan Shapiro will read and discuss "Why Write?"—a revision of his piece that appeared in The Best American Essays 2006. It's a funny, rangy discourse on Shapiro's adult-ADD diagnosis, the preverbal babble of infants and how they connect to the motivations of readers and writers. Shapiro is as likely to quote Henny Youngman as Elizabeth Bishop in his frank take on the desire for focus and wholeness. Shapiro's poem "Wherever My Dead Go When I'm Not Remembering Them" is the Hinge Poem's initial offering at hingeliterary.org; this "community reads" project focuses on a single poem by a Triangle-area poet, encouraging comments and discussion online. Shapiro chatted live about the poem last Sunday afternoon, and the trail of postings is still open online. Shapiro speaks at Flyleaf at 7 p.m.; admission is free. —Chris Vitiello

Price: Free

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