The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce two new titles from Eyewear Publishing, Skurtu, Romania, and The Amoeba Game from poet and former CWW Board Member Tara Skurtu. In Skurtu, Romania, Tara Skurtu lands physically and emotionally in the country of her family’s forgotten history, and she familiarizes herself in this foreign place through the dynamic of an alienating love story. Tara Skurtu’s poems have the logic of memory, the vivid spontaneity of dreams, and the precision of calculus – each line is, in a sense, an asymptote continually approaching the limits of language and love. This poetry holds a lens over every moment, alters the perception of home, invites the reader in as both foreigner and guest.
Tara Skurtu received a 2015-17 extended Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Her poems are published and translated internationally, and recent work appears in The Kenyon Review, Plume, Poetry Review, and Poetry Wales. Tara is the author of the chapbookSkurtu, Romania (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear, 2017). She lives in Romania, and is a former member of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s Executive Board.
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Join us for a night of poetry and beautiful musical interludes from Bach’s Inventions. The interplay between baroque music and poetic voices will set you soaring. Featured poets include CWW Executive Artistic Director Diana Norma Szokolyai, CWW Board Member Kathleen Spivack, and former CWW Board Member Tara Skurtu along with poet Nicole Terez Dutton. Featured musicians include Brian Abbot on guitar, Jon Amon on sax, Tim Pence on guitar, Dennis Shafer on sax, Alec Watson on piano, and Jobey Wilson on tuba. This event is featured in The Boston Globe and Tara Skurtu’s poetry is featured on WBUR.
On March 3, 2012, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosted an off-site reading at AWP in Chicago, IL. The AWP Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Reading included writers Rita Banerjee, Pattabi Seshadri, Jessica Piazza, Brandon Krieg, Rebecca Lindenberg, Marc McKee, Tara Skurtu, Derek JG Williams, Colleen O’Brien, and Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein.