The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is thrilled to welcome Gwyneth Lewis, Wales' first National Poet Laureate from 2005-2006. Lewis will join USC’s Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, Dana Gioia, in conversation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of her countryman, poet Dylan Thomas. Thomas is considered one of the foremost poets of the twentieth century and the most significant Welsh poet of all time, and famous for such works as “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. The centenary of his birth is being celebrated throughout the world, and we will join in this celebration as Lewis discusses the work and impact of her countryman.
Gwyneth Lewis, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Wales, has received international acclaim for her poetry and non-fiction. A true polymath, Lewis has written two chamber operas and an oratorio performed by the Welsh National Opera. Her work, Stardust: A Love Story, which explains the basic principles of particle physics, was broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2006, Lewis was the Writer in Residence at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. To round out her polymathic resume, Lewis was a television documentary producer and director at BBC Wales. She also has been a NESTA Fellow (National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts). Lewis is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Swansea University.