Preparing Boys for Life

Hallowell Literary Lecture

Willie Perdomo at The Haverford School


Willie Perdomo: April 8, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

Save the date to hear from poet Willie Perdomo, who will present the 22nd Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture.

Perdomo will read from each of his poetry collections, with specific emphasis on his most recent book, The Crazy Bunch. The collection chronicles a weekend in the life of a group of friends coming of age in East Harlem at the dawn of the hip-hop era.

This event is free and open to the public and will include a book signing.

About Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Poets, 2019), one of New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2019; The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Poets, 2014), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the International Latino Book Award; Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax, 2004), winner of the PEN Open Book Award; and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (Norton, 1996), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award.

His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Poetry, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a Lucas Arts Program Literary Fellow and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School’s Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture Series annually brings to campus a distinguished, nationally known author to present a lecture, to spend a day with the students, and participate in informal readings and discussions to inspire an interest in literature. This fund was originally endowed by a gift from a Haverford Trustee, the late Thomas B. McCabe III, and his wife, Anne, parents of Thomas ’00. Additional gifts to the fund continue to be made by many other friends of Mr. Hallowell and the School.

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Recent Speakers

2019-20: W.D. Ehrhart

2018-19: Mark Bowden

2016-17: Jennifer Finney Boylan

2015-16: Natasha Trethewey

2014-15: David Finkel

2013-14: Elizabeth Samet