Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) and The Poetry Foundation, the event is held at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law.
Moderated by Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito, the conversation will focus on Franco's film "Herbert White," which is based on Bidart's 1973 poem of the same name, as well as Franco's forthcoming poetry collection, "Directing Herbert White." It will also include a screening of Franco's film and a reading of Bidart's poem.
Following the program, Mr. Franco will participate in a short book signing.
Here's how the event is billed: "For the first time, James Franco and his hero, Frank Bidart, take the stage together! In 1973, award-winning poet Bidart published one of his most famous poems, 'Herbert White.' In 2010, James Franco adapted and directed it for film. Franco's own collection of poetry, 'Directing Herbert White,' will be released in April 2014. Exclusive, early copies of 'Directing Herbert White' will be available for purchase at the event, provided by Graywolf Press and Unabridged Bookstore."
Award-winning writer Bidart is the author of "Watching the Spring Festival," "Star Dust," Desire" and "In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90."
Polito is a poet and scholar who has edited "Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber," "The Selected Poems of Kenneth Fearing," and "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s." His most recent poetry collection is "Hollywood & God."
More information is available by calling (312) 494-9509 or visiting chicagohumanities.org.