“Odyssey” on the ferry


Aboard the ferry. Top row (left to right): Lee Briccetti, Executive Producer of Poets House; Armand Pohan, Chairman of NY Waterway; Nancy Rieger. Bottom row (left to right): Brenda Shaughnessy, Rachel Hadas, Rowan Ricardo Philips, Emily Wilson. Photo: Aslan Chalom

Classicist Emily Wilson, the first female translator of “The Odyssey,” read portions of Homer’s historic work aboard a NY Waterway ferry cruising the Hudson River on Friday, September 21.

Guests heard portions of the translation surrounded by New York City views on a ferry donated by NY Waterway. In addition to Emily Wilson, notable poets like Brenda Shaughnessy and Rowan Ricardo Philips read sections of the text. Poets House, celebrating its 30th anniversary as a home for poetry, started its fall season of epic traditions with this event.