Marina Carr is a singular voice in world theater. The author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed plays, she came to international attention with The Mai (1994), the first in a trilogy of plays inspired by the works of Euripides and Sophocles. Carr’s persistent focus in both the “Midland Trilogy” and her other work is female experience in its most mythic and paradoxical aspects: the power and vulnerability it embodies, the desire and disgust it provokes. Carr will discuss work by one of her favorite artists, William Blake.
Established in 2013 with a gift from the late novelist Donald Windham in memory of his partner of forty years, Sandy M. Campbell, the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University recognize writers from any country and call attention to their literary achievement, providing them with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. This year’s eight recipients hail from the United States, Canada/Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, New Zealand, Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal/Australia, and Ireland, and were chosen in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit windhamcampbell.org.