Thursday, June 7, 2018

Award-Winning Japanese Poet to Read at Princeton Public Library as Part of Princeton Festival

Mari Kashiwagi, an award-winning poet, is coming from Japan to give a reading of her “Butterfly” poems on Sunday, June 17 at the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The poems were inspired by this month’s Princeton Festival production of  Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

The event, co-sponsored by the Festival, the Festival Guild, and the Library, opens with a light brunch at 11:30 am, to be followed at 12 noon by the reading and discussion with Ms. Kashiwagi and her translator, Takako Lento. Admission is free. More information is available at

“We are delighted that this internationally known poet has agreed to give a reading as part of this year’s Festival,” said Richard Tang Yuk, Artistic and Executive Director. “It is a tribute to the power and universal appeal of Puccini’s wonderful opera that it inspired her spare and evocative “Butterfly” poems, and we’re eagerly anticipating her insights.”

The premiere of the Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly takes place the previous evening, on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 pm. There will be two more performances on Sunday, June 24 and Sunday, July 1, both at 3 pm. All performances are at the Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Centre, 91 University Place, Princeton. In-depth information on the opera is available at

 For ticket information and a listing of all Princeton Festival events, visit, or call 609.258.ARTS (2787).

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