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W&L Hosts Public Reading with Professor Deborah Miranda Miranda, who retires from W&L this year, will present a public reading titled “How to Love the Burning World” on April 26.

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Washington and Lee University will host a public reading with Deborah Miranda, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English, on April 26 at 6 p.m.

The title of her talk, “How to Love the Burning World,” is also the title of the first poem in her new book, “Altar for Broken Things,” which explores interlocking themes of sacrifice, willing and forced, and the sacred dimension of nature and the need for healing. The talk is free and open to the public to view online

Miranda’s poetry is informed by her ancestry and knowledge of the natural world. Often focused around gender, her poetry treats topics such as mothering and the ability to nurture in a violent world.

The public can register for the event online at go.wlu.edu/Miranda.

Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching moderate special-needs children from Wheelock College in 1983 and her master’s and doctorate degrees in English from the University of Washington. Miranda’s collections of poetry include “Raised by Humans,” “Indian Cartography: Poems” and “The Zen of La Llorona.” She has also contributed to multiple poetry anthologies. Miranda plans to retire from W&L in 2021.

The talk is sponsored by the W&L English Department, the Glasgow Endowment, the Native American and Indigenous Cohort, the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, Leyburn Library’s Anne and Edgar The Basse Jr. Fund, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Museums at W&L and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.