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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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, 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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The PA Historical & Archaeological Tour Series is Back! Join Us Next Wednesday, December 13th!

The Parents' Association Historical & Archaeological Tour Rome Series is back!

St. Stephen’s Parents’ Association


The Historical and Archaeological Rome Tour Series


The Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus


Wednesday 13 December, 2017

14.00 till 15.00 for the underground tour

An additional talk and a coffee can follow for those who have time to stay on

Conducted by Inge Weustink in collaboration with St Stephen’s School’s Lyceum




Many of you will have visited San Clemente and seen the mithraeum under the basilica. Another subterranean space in Rome that was dedicated to the mystery cult of the god Mithras can be found between Santa Maria in Cosmedin and the Circus Maximus. We will have the privilege to visit this site that is open on appointment only. The tour will provide an overview of the origins of the Mithras cult, how it spread across the Roman empire, who the followers of Mithras were and what we know about their secret rites. The Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus is one of the best preserved mithraeums in Rome and you will learn about the layout of the building and the artifacts that are still in situ. This site cannot be visited on a Saturday. That is why, exceptionally, we offer this tour on a Wednesday afternoon. This is an occasion you don’t want to miss: join us for this visit of one of the most fascinating underground archaeological sites of Rome.


Meeting place: Piazza Bocca della Verità, next to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, 1:45 p.m.

Cost: 15 euro (admission included)

Proceeds benefit PA/student charitable initiatives

Max. 22 participants

R.S.V.P for this tour by Friday 8 December

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