Translation and Inspiration: An Evening of Classical Poetry

Godward In The Days Of Sappho 1904

December 16, 2014 at 6pm at Poets House

The Paideia Institute is very pleased to announce its first poetry reading event with Christopher Childers and Henry Walters. We will hear from these accomplished contemporary poets about how they interpret or incorporate classical literature in their art.   

Christopher Childers


For nine years Christopher taught Latin and Greek at St. Andrew's School in Delaware (where the Dead Poets' Society was filmed!). He has received a Distinguished Artists Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts and was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. Currently in the MFA Program at Johns Hopkins University, he is hard at work on a book of verse translations for Penguin Classics of Greek and Latin Lyric Poetry from Archilochus to Martial.

Henry Walters

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Henry Walters studied Latin and Greek at Harvard College, beekeeping in Sicily, and falconry in Ireland. He has worked as a teacher, a naturalist, a practicing falconer, and a steward of a wildlife sanctuary. His poems, essays, and translations--most recently from Propertius--have appeared in a variety of publications. His first book of poems, Field Guide A Tempo, was published in the Granite State Poetry Series this fall. He currently acts as Secretary for Experimental Living at the Dublin School, where he lives in a tiny house of his own construction (and liable to collapse at any moment).


The event will take at Poets House beginning at 6 p.m.  It will include a reading and discussion of each poet's approach to translation and the presence of the classical world in their work.  Refreshments will be served. 

Poets House is located in downtown Manhattan at 10 River Terrace. Directions can be found here.


All are welcome to attend this event. We ask that you please register ahead of time using this form.