Animal: What Makes Us Human

Anne Carson

Readers have long been smitten with Anne Carson’s inventiveness. A genre-defying poet whose work is often informed by her training as a classicist. Mythological creatures find a place in her writings, as do the very human and treacherous beasts of love, heartache, and desire. Carson’s work includes Autobiography of Red, which reimagines the myth of Geryon and Herakles in modern times; Glass, Irony, and God, a raw, beautiful contemplation on the end of a love; Nox, an illustrated epitaph exploring her brother’s death; and this year’s, red > doc, a sequel to Autobiography of Red, returning us to the world of her mythic, red-winged monster. Join Carson for a reading and performance of her latest work.

This program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.


Photo by Peter Smith

Speakers and Performers

Anne Carson

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

CHF Suggests

Leaders And Thinkers

Anne Carson
The Poetry Foundation biography

Good Reads

The Paris Review interview
The Art of Poetry No. 88
The Inscrutable Brilliance of Anne Carson
A March 2013 profile of her career and her new work, red>doc

Online Resources

Antigonick
Anne Carson performs her translation and adaptation of Sophocles's tragedy, Antigone [video]
Anne Carson's 'Red Doc'
A brief NPR story on Carson's (non)poetry and her new work [audio]