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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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Read Karr’s poem, “Country Fair.”


Mary Karr is known for her memoirs, but it’s her four volumes of poetry— Sinners Welcome, Viper Rum, The Devil’s Tour, and _Abacu_s—that shine with a fervent beauty. Her memoir, The Liars’ Club, was a _New York Times _bestseller for more than a year. Her follow up, Cherry, was a bestseller for _The Boston Globe _and Los Angeles Times_. Her third memoir, Lit_, was named best book of 2009 by many publications including New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Time, and more. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry in 2004 and is now the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of_ ]Open Interval[_, a finalist for both the 2009 _Los Angeles Times _Book Prize and the National Book Award, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University. Paired with Karr, she explores with a powerful and honest touch what is beautiful and broken about life.

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