Sarra Copia Sulam Project

June 16-18, 2016, in Venice:  a multi-channel installation with live and recorded poetry readings celebrating the life of seventeenth century Jewish poet, Sarra Copia Sulam.  Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove, PEN/Open book winner Meena Alexander, Jewish Book Award winner Esther Schor and Laura Voghera Luzzatto will share their poetic responses to the compelling life of  Sarra Copia Sulam.

Filmmakers and media artists Elizabeth Coffman, Ted Hardin and Mat Rappaport, assisted by filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, theatre director George Drance, S.J. and the Magis Theatre company performers have produced “Souls and Sonnets” from the original texts written by Copia Sulam and Catholic monk and writer Ansaldo Ceba as well as the contemporary poetry of Rita Dove.  The media and poetry reflects​ on the compelling life story of Sarra Copia Sulam, her role in the Jewish ghetto and its artistic, theological and political history.

More information here.

The program is supported by Helen W. Drutt English and H. Peter Stern through the Maurice English Poetry Award, Usa.

Maurice English was among Eugenio Montale’s first translators and Voice of America for the Italian desk during WWII.

Thursday 16th of June at 6 pm: Souls and Sonnets: Poets Respond to Sara Copio Sullam

A celebration of the life of the Seventeenth century Jewish poet, Palazzo Fontana, Cannaregio 3829 Venice

Live poetry readings by Meena Alexander (PEN/Open book winner), Esther Schor (Jewish Book Award winner) e Laura Voghera Luzzatto (author of Fumo e profumo and Kelippòt)

Multi-channel video and light installation by Elizabeth Coffman, Ted Hardin, Mat Rappaport, Magis Theatre featuring Rita Dove (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)

The program is supported by Helen W. Drutt English and H. Peter Stern through the Maurice English Poetry Award, Usa.

Event hosted by OTT/Citizens Of The Text, curators of the exhibition Divided Waters (artwork by Ghiora Aharoni, Edith Derdyk, Yael Kanarek and Mirta Kuperferminc), at Palazzo Fontana until September 25.

The evening is dedicated to the memory of Angelo and Henriette Sullam

Free admission. Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. RSVP:

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