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Salignant Waters, Malignant Words - a poetic exchange across the oceans

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Friday, November 19, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:15pm

DM amphitheater Modesto Maidique Campus

Join us for an afternoon of poetry about sea-ing, see-ing, and other matters of being.

  • Rest awhile adjacent to our campus fountain: listen to poems of international poets and literary scholars
  • Join the discussion: Dr. Carlos Grenier, professor of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Religious Studies, will moderate the poetry discussion 
  • Your turn - open-mic: enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the poetic exchange


International Poets and Literary Scholars:

Prof. Stephanos Stephanides, born on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, has engaged with poetry, philosophy, literature, translation, filmmaking, and Kali worship traditions throughout his creative careerHis life and travels have taken him from the Mediterranean Sea to the Caribbean Sea, from the North Sea to the South China Sea, along the Malabar and Coromandel Coast and the Bay of Bengal. His friend Amit Ranjan has named him 'the old man by the seas’.

Dr. Amit Ranjan writes across genres and his recent publications are a poetry collection, and a biography of a 19th century maverick. Though his life has been land-bound mostly, he has written feverishly during his time on the ocean in Sydney on the Pacific,  Miami on the Atlantic, and Bhubaneswar in Bay of Bengal. Miami has called him back thrice over. 


Bring a beach chair, blanket or pillow to rest awhile and join this poetic exchange!

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Literature & poetry


Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Parents & Family, Retirees

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