// SPRING 2014 SCHEDULE
February 20th :: Memorial Event for Amiri Baraka
February 26th :: Marianne Morris with Holly Jackson
March 5th :: Rachel Blau DuPlessis with Hannah Ehrlinspiel
Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970) is known as a poet and essayist, and as a critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry. From 1986 until 2012, DuPlessis has been engaged in a long poem project, collected in several book-length installments from Wesleyan University Press and Salt Publishing. The newest book, Surge: Drafts 96-114, was published by Salt in 2013, bringing this 26-year long poem to a temporary fold. Books belonging to this project are Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan, 2001); DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004): Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) and Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (Salt Publishing, 2010). The Collage Poems of Drafts appeared early in 2011 from Salt Publishing. This work in poetry is the subject of an on-line colloquium and set of essays published in Jacket2 in December 2011 jacket2.org/feature/drafting-beyond-ending
March 13th :: Mixed Blood / Holloway Reading with Julie Patton @ 6:30pm. Earlier in the day, Julie Patton will give a lecture. Time and place TBD.
March 20th :: Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics will be given by Renee Gladman on “The Sentence as a Space for Living: Prose Architecture”
April 8th :: Jorie Graham with Rachel Trocchio
Jorie Graham has published eight books of poems since 1980: Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts, Erosion, The End of Beauty, Region of Unlikeness, Materialism, The Errancy, Swarm, and Never. Her selected poems, The Dream of the Unified Field, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996. She has also edited Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language and The Best American Poetry 1990, contributing a much-cited introduction to that volume. A mainstay of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop from 1983–1998, she is currently Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard, succeeding Seamus Heaney, and the first woman to hold that position. One of the oldest chairs at Harvard, the professorship permits her, by contract, to tether a cow in Harvard Yard.
May 1st :: Anne Boyer with Adam Ahmed
A visual artist and poet, Anne Boyer is the author of The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House Press, 2008). She was born in Topeka, Kansas and educated at Kansas State University and Wichita State University. After a decade spent teaching in Missouri and Iowa, she recently returned to Kansas where she co-edits the poetry journal Abraham Lincoln.
Readings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Maude Fife Room (Wheeler Hall #315) from 6:30 to 8pm.
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