Multi-sensory Poetry Reading with Moira Egan at St. Stephen’s Cultural Center, Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm

Multi-sensory Poetry Reading with Moira Egan

St. Stephen’s Cultural Center

via Aventina 1

7 pm on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry, images, and perfumes, as Moira Egan reads from her latest book, Synæsthesium.

Winner of The New Criterion Poetry Prize, Synæsthesium is an unusual exploration of ekphrasis—poetry that takes a real or imagined work of art as its muse.

 

The first half of the book, “Olfactorium,” is inspired by various fragrances and the olfactory flashbacks—real or imagined—induced by them. From everyday Old Spice to exotic Casbah, the poems take the reader on journeys peppered with the luscious language of perfumery. The second part, “Love and Work,” is based on the artwork of Suzanne Valadon, the bold and unconventional model-turned-painter who was one of the great and under-appreciated artists of the Impressionist era.

 

This synæsthetic evening will feature projections of Valadon’s images, as well as samples of the perfumes that inspired the poems.

 

Moira Egan's Synæsthesium, like a unique perfume in a beautiful flask, expertly mingles the base-notes of memory and desire, art and womanhood, in the clear container of form. She writes from deep within the senses, but she spills nothing, with assurance of her craft. When we read these poems, we find that our own senses are renewed.

—Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

 

There is no one writing like Moira Egan. No one. These poems detail irreverent discoveries and always-vivid excursions into unknown worlds… places where, at first, you may think you’ve been but, oh no, you definitely haven’t. You may have seen a river wear the gold of sunset followed by the cloak of night; but, I promise, you’ve never seen it like this. … Egan has given us one hell of a book.

—Erica Dawson, Winner of The Poets’ Prize

 

A NOTE TO THE FRAGRANCE-SENSITIVE: There will be a corner devoted to the olfactory muses. Fragrances will be present at this event.

 

Moira Egan is the Creative Writing Teacher at St. Stephen’s School. She is the author of six previous collections of poetry and, with her husband, Damiano Abeni, has published more than a dozen volumes in translation in Italy. Their translation of Charles Wright’s Italia won the “Premio letterario Benno Geiger per la traduzione poetica.”

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St. Stephen's to Host International Math Competition in March!

St. Stephen's will host the International Schools Mathematics Teachers Foundation (ISMTF) Junior Competition this spring, from March 9-11.  Over 39 schools are scheduled to participate from around the globe, including countries such as Norway, France, China, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Kuwait, the UAE, Morocco, The Hague, the UK and many more. 

 

More than two hundred juniors and dozens of teams will compete for a top spot in this annual competition. Updates and details about what unfolds during the exciting days of the tournament will be published online and via the School's social media channels, so stay tuned for more!

 

ABOUT ST. STEPHEN'S

St. Stephen's School is a non-denominational, co-educational, international boarding and day school, enrolling students from age 14-19 in grades 9-12 and for a postgraduate year.

 

Founded in 1964, St. Stephen's provides a demanding classical and liberal arts college-preparatory curriculum. We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12, as well as the American High School Diploma and a selection of Advanced Placement examinations.

 

MATHEMATICS AT ST. STEPHEN'S

Through inquiry-based instruction and integrated technology, the mathematics courses at St. Stephen's encourage students to embrace the universality of math and understand its pervasive influence on our everyday lives. With a focus on patterns and structure, methodology, problem-solving, logical analysis and deductive reasoning students are challenged to reach their full potential while engaged in a demanding program of study.

 

As the essence of mathematics is, at its core, a search for truth that can be verified by irrefutable proof, we train students to construct careful and rigorous arguments, to think logically and critically and to use the language of mathematics with precision both orally and in writing. Through the study of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability and calculus, students appreciate the important role mathematics plays in a modern society.

 

ABOUT ISMTF

The ISMTF is a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to provide support in the enrichment of teaching and learning of mathematics at international schools, nurture exchange of experiences among mathematics educators, and to help generate interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics among students of these schools.

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Missed Our Fabulous Alumni Events Last Year? You Can Join Us in Paris in March!

We have a new venue this year: Paris! St. Stephen's is on the road again and this spring, we look forward to welcoming to an all-new get-together, the first-ever Paris alumni event!

 

Kick off your 2018 Easter break by catching up with former SSS classmates and faculty. Agnes Martin, St Stephen's French Teacher, Director of the Cultural Center, SSS Trustee and former Head of Boarding, will join us as our distinguished guest of honor.

 

 Join us at the American University of Paris on Thursday, March 29th from 6-8pm!

 

Food, wine, friends...how does it get any better than that?

 

Check your email for more information and remember to RSVP if you're in Paris and you want to stop by.

 

You can see our previous alumni events on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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