The Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosts the annual Maundy Thursday reading of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri on Thursday, March 29 from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
This longtime tradition, part of the Cathedral’s Maundy Thursday offerings during the week leading to Easter, has called thousands of New Yorkers to descend into Dante Alighieri’s literary hellscape each year. The annual reading of selections from the Inferno brings poets and friends into the “dark woods” of Dante’s haunting vision to hear the unforgettable descriptions of suffering, punishment, and moral redemption.
This dramatic literary event takes place in the Crossing of the Cathedral, with selected Cantos read by honored guests, distinguished poets, eminent translators, visiting scholars, and Inferno reading regulars. Readers this year include the Cathedral’s Poet in Residence, Marilyn Nelson; actor Frank Messina; and translator Michael Palma. As a special addition, this year’s reading will conclude with the final canto from Dante’s Paradiso, an allegorical depiction of the glorious Heaven so fervently sought by the souls wandering through the Inferno.
For more information please visit: https://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/poetry/19462/the-inferno-of-dante-alighieri-a-reading-5.