2013 – Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks

This Day I Cannot Say . . . An Evening of Rumi’s Poetry

Coleman Barks, poet and translator, is widely credited for the phenomenal popularity of the 13th century Sufi mystic Rumi whose poems outsell all others in America today. Known for his free-flowing, everyday-English interpretations, Barks is a favorite of spiritual seekers throughout the land. Barks’s best-selling books include The Essential Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, and several others. His work with Rumi was the subject of a segment in Bill Moyers’s series, Language of Life, on PBS. He was also a featured poet and translator on Moyers’s PBS poetry special, Fooling with Words. He was formerly professor of poetry and creative writing at the University of
Georgia, Athens.