The Lost Poetry of World War II:

Daniel Swift, the author of Bomber County: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War and a professor of English at Skidmore College, examines poems written in response to the bombing campaigns of World War II and contemplates the role of poetry as a means of moral witnessing and historical testimony. Texts include the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Louis MacNeice, Randall Jarrell and John Ciardi, as well as extracts from the diaries of Virginia Woolf.

A Sweetness Buried in the Mind: Gerald Stern with Ross Gay

National Book Award–winning poet Gerald Stern— described as “a postnuclear, multicultural Whitman for the millennium” (Kate
Daniels)—reads from his just-published Early Collected Poems 1965–1992 and discusses his work with Ross Gay, the author of the poetry collection Against Which.

(Re)writing Culture with Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Craig Santos Perez & Barbara Jane Reyes

In this panel, three young poet-scholars investigate the intersection of research and poetic practice, including Perez’s interest in ethnography & poetry, Reyes’s practice of rewriting/retelling Filipino mythology and Lee’s exploration of geography, psychology and the textuality of nations (focusing specifically on the United States and North and South Korea).

Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture

In conjunction with the publication of Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture (edited by Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris), this panel surveys the work of Jewish poets writing within the American modernist lineage, exploring fragmented identities, irony, skepticism and belief in a tradition that questions rather than answers.

Passwords: Jerome Rothenberg on Experimental Romanticism & the Roots of Contemporary Poetics

Jerome Rothenberg, poet and editor of the Poems for the Millennium series, reads from and analyzes the work of Romantics and Post-Romantics such as Blake, Shelley, Hölderlin, Hugo, Whitman, Dickinson and Rimbaud, as well as poems by contemporary poets.
The talk also covers work outside of conventional literature, such as sound and nonsense poems, visual poems, outsider poems and more.

A Nuyorican State of Mind: The Life & Writing of Pedro Pietri

Poets and friends gather to honor the life and work of Pedro Pietri (1944–2004), a seminal Nuyorican poet and playwright, whose subversive, irreverent writings include Puerto Rican Obituary, Invisible Poetry, Traffic Violations and The Masses Are Asses.

A Mirror for the Twentieth Century: An Evening with Adonis

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most revered and influential poets of the Arabic-speaking world. In honor of his 80th birthday, Adonis reads from and discusses the newly published translation into English (by Khaled Mattawa) of his Selected Poems

Engaged Poetics with Andy Croft, Thomas Sayers Ellis & Minnie Bruce Pratt

In this panel and reading, Smokestack publisher and U.K. poet Andy Croft addresses the intersection of poetry and politics with poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Passwords: Archie Burnett and Christopher Ricks on A. E. Housman

Esteemed Housman scholar Archie Burnett and renowned poetry critic Christopher Ricks take stock of the life and work of British classicist and poet A. E. Housman (1859–1936), who released only two poetry volumes during his lifetime, the popular A Shropshire
and Last Poems, but remains a “poet about whom poets write poems” (Ricks).

Spiritual Poetics: A Seminar with Kathleen Norris

Kathleen Norris, an acclaimed poet and author of the best-selling classic Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, leads a round-table discussion on poetry and spirituality that includes close readings and in-class writing. Norris offers interpretations of poems in the context of Judeo-Christian and Buddhist beliefs as well as other spiritual traditions that are grounded in nature.


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