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A book event celebrating and honoring Laura Rothenberg and her posthumously published volume of poems, When Poetry Visits, featuring live readings by actors Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black, Dear Edward), Debra Winger(Terms of Endearment, Rachel Getting Married), Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Mank), and Babe Howard (Lapsis, With/In).

The poems in this new collection are a meditation on themes such as illness, friendship, family, death, lost innocence, survivor’s guilt, and transcendence by a talented young poet who experienced and endured more in her short life than most people do by old age.

Laura Rothenberg (1981-2003) was born in New York City. At three days old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic disease that impacts the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In spite of many physical difficulties, she lived selflessly and courageously, always helping friends and people she met, often putting their needs before her own. In her posthumously-published memoir Breathing for a Living, Laura depicted her journey to receive the double-lung transplant, as well as the difficult road that followed it. An avid writer of poetry for much of her life, Laura’s final wish was for her poems to be published one day. When Poetry Visits fulfills Laura's wish, revealing new dimensions of her writing, and showing how vigorously and passionately she lived, examined, and expressed her life in the face of her impending death.

Learn more about and purchase Laura Rothenberg's book, When Poetry Visits:

Cast Members

  • Taylor Schilling Headshot

    Taylor Schilling

  • Debra Winger Headshot

    Debra Winger

  • Arliss Howard Headshot

    Arliss Howard

  • Babe Howard Headshot

    Babe Howard

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