Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust

In conjunction with the Wilton Library's 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton will lead a four-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series that explores poetry related to the Holocaust. The sessions will meet on Thursdays April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

From the alienation, persecution, and mass murder of Jews and non-Jews under Nazi order, to the aftermath and lessons learned (or not learned) in the post-WWII era, the sessions will study poems from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff. The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort will also be used. Poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. With the rise of deeply disturbing totalitarian trends in our own time, it is imperative to listen to the witnesses of the Holocaust.

Judson Scruton M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations, and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K. including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. There is no charge for the program, but advance registration is required. To register, please click here or call 203-762-6334. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.

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