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Poet Patience Agbabi to read from her book, Telling Tales, November 13, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales poetry reading and book signing will be held on Monday, November 13 at 5:00 pm in Taylor Hall, Room 203. Telling Tales is a brilliant retelling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century, from The Miller's Tale to The Wife of Bath’s, in a style that captures the performance element of the work as well as its poetry and wordplay. A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.        

Patience Agbabi set out on a tour between 2014 and 2015 that traced the path of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, with necessary detours so that she could share her new collection with audiences up and down the country. Mining Chaucer's Middle-English masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, this boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain's most significant works of poetry thrilling new life.

Patience Agbabi was born in London to parents from Nigeria and grew up in Colwyn Bay, Wales. She studied English at Oxford University and is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. She is the author of four collections, R.A.W, Transformatrix, Bloodshot Monochrome, and her latest, Telling Tales (2014). Her poems have appeared on radio and TV around the world. She has toured with the British Council and independently and lives in Kent.

This event is sponsored by Carolyn Grant.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, November 6, 2017