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Poets & Scholars: Creative, Cultural and Critical Crossings

A Series of Symposia and Workshops

For more information, visit the Poets and Scholars website here

This Institute brings together poets and poetics scholars for a year-long exploration of form and formal innovation in diverse poetic communities and traditions. The historic debates within feminist, queer, and multi-ethnic studies about the nature of traditional formal artistry, formal "mastery," and experimentalism within poetics have evolved since the 1980s, when some feminist, African-American, and queer poets spoke of traditional poetic form as "the master's tools," in Audre Lorde's memorable phrase. Given this history, what is the status of formal verse in poetic practice today? What are the relationships between race, gender, and sexuality, traditional form, and formal innovation?

Co-directors Lisa Moore and Meta DuEwa Jones aim to bring poets and scholars into local, regional, and national conversations about the value and location of poetry in our communities today. Through a series of readings, performances, master classes, workshops, seminars, and other events, we intend to write a new chapter in literary history across diverse creative, cultural and critical boundaries.

Lisa Moore and Meta DuEwa Jones, Co-directors

Andrea Golden, Institute Co-ordinator

Events Calendar: 


Sept. 14-15, 2011

Poetry Reading by Harryette Mullen

Join us for a series of exciting events surrounding the visit of Harryette Mullen, Fellow of the Academy of American Poets and the author of many award-winning books, including Tree Tall Woman (1981), Trimmings (1991), S*PeRM**K*T (1992), and Muse & Drudge (1995). Now a Professor of English at the University of California-Los Angeles, Prof. Mullen is a graduate of the UT Department of English.

Poetics Lecture by Arnold Rampersad

Arnold Rampersad, Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is the author of numerous acclaimed biographies, including The Life of Langston Hughes, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A MacArthur Fellow and winner of the American Book Award, he is the editor of Collected Poems of Langston Hughes as well as writing and editing more than ten other books on such figures as W.E.B DuBois and Richard Wright.


February 22-23, 2012

Poetry Reading by Marilyn Hacker

Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and National Book Award winner Marilyn Hacker is the author of more than ten books and numerous essays and translations, including Love, Death, and the Changing of the SeasonsGoing Back to the River, and Winter Numbers. Her Selected Poems: 1965-1990 received the 1996 Poets' Prize.

Poetics Lecture by Jennifer DeVere Brody

Jennifer DeVere Brody is Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture and Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play. Her work has been supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, a grant from the British Society for Theatre Research and was recognized by the Monette/Horwitz Trust for Independent Research to combat homophobia. 


May 28-June 1, 2012

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

C.S. Giscombe

This four-day event will combine a morning poetry workshop led by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and C.S. Giscombe with an afternoon seminar in which poetics scholars will share research and writing.  Applications for the workshop and a call for papers for the seminar will be posted here soon.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of two books of poetry, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, both from Persea Books. She was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and currently runs the sports desk for the Best American Poetry Blog

C.S. Giscombe is the National Book Award-winning author of Prairie Style, Giscome Road, Into and Out of Dislocation, and Here. He is Professor of English at The University of California, Berkeley.

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