Upper School Foreign Language Faculty Aidan Rooney P '07, '15 will be one of three featured poets during Part 1 of Babson College's Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poets Series.
Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent need for physical distancing, this year's reading, "Poetry and 2020 Vision," will be a virtual event taking place Wednesday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required (only one registration per household is necessary) and can be completed by clicking here.
Rooney will be joined that evening by fellow poets Sumita Chakraborty and Ruben Quesada. Following the reading, Mary O'Donoghue, a novelist, short story writer, poet, and professor in the Arts and Humanities at Babson College, will lead a panel discussion.
In what looks to be a busy spring, the longtime Academy faculty member will produce "Translating Haiti" May 15 at the 2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. The event will feature a group reading — with elements of panel discussion and Q&A — by poets who write in and translate through Haitian Kreyol, French, and English.
Rooney's most recent poetry collection, Go There, was published in the summer of 2020. His previous collections are Tightrope and Day Release. In addition to his own poetry, Rooney translates poetry and prose from French and Haitian Kreyol. He is currently working to translate Les Villages de Dieu by Emmelie Prophéte, a Haitian writer, poet, and diplomat. To read one such translated poem, please click here.
"I love introducing a poem to a class, typically second semester seniors, as a small machine of words and images and sounds, asking them to slow down its motor and find out how it works," said Rooney in Thayer Magazine's "The Power of Words" issue.
Born in Monaghan, Ireland, Rooney lives in Hingham.
US Foreign Language Faculty Aidan Rooney P '07, '15 will read from his work March 31.