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March 4, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Cognitive Science of Poetry and Perception

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Lecture by Pireeni Sundaralingam

Award-winning poet and cognitive scientist Pireeni Sundaralingam will present a concise lecture, Cognitive Science of Poetry and Perception, followed by a reception and open discussion regarding the challenge of writer’s block, the publication of her most recent anthology, Indivisible, her experience as an exiled Sri Lankan writer, and the state of poetry and censorship in Sri Lanka.

Sundaralingam has held national fellowships both in cognitive science and in poetry. Educated at the University of Oxford, she has held scientific research posts at MIT, UCLA and Oxford, and is co-editor of Indivisible, the first national anthology of South Asian American poets (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), winner of the 2011 N. California Book Award & 2011 PEN Oakland Book Award. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, andThe Progressive, anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, & Macmillan, and been translated into five languages. Sundaralingam has spoken on the intersections between poetry and the brain at MOMA (New York), the deYoung Fine Arts Museum, the Exploratorium(San Francisco), the Berlin Academy of Art, and at Studio Olafur Eliasson (Berlin), and recently guest-edited a special issue of World Literature Today on the “Crosstalk between Science & Literature”.  An overview of Indivisible, winner of the Northern California Book Award, is available at http://www.indivisibleanthology.com/anthology/index.htm