Department of English

Sequels Symposium: "The Performance of Place: Political Movements in Poetry"

Thu, April 5, 2012 | SAC 2.412

7:00 PM

Join the Department of English and the Ethnic and Third World (E3W) literatures group for the 11th Annual Sequels Symposium: "The Performance of Place: Political Movements in Poetry," Thursday, April 5 - Friday, April 6. Poets, Rachel Jennings and Susan B.A. Somers-Willet, are the featured keynote speakers. These successful poet-critics will talk about their recently published books, putting ideas about gender and poverty in conversation with a variety of poetic forms from bluegrass to sonnets to slam poetry. Somers-Willet is the prize-winning author and performer of "Women of Troy." Rachel Jennings has recently published her new collection of poems entitled "Elijah's Farm."

Their keynote speeches are scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 7pm in the SAC Ballroom (2.412). Somers-Willet will speak on "Troubles of Voice in Documentary Poetry: Women of Troy and Other Poems," and Jennings will speak on "God's Contested Country: Religion and the War on Poverty in Ireland and Appalachia." Both women are Longhorn alumni and graduates of the Department of English/E3W, so we are thrilled to celebrate their success with an event that is free and open to the public. The Symposium will also connect the research of current graduate students to the poetry of the featured authors. Graduate student panels are scheduled for Friday, April 6, 9am-1:15pm (SAC 2.120), and address topics including, "Meters and Measures of Power" and "Human Rights, Femininity, and the Politics of Place." Following the panels, the poets will join students and faculty for an open-air luncheon and free reading of their work in collaboration with the "Poetry and Scholars" series hosted by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS). The symposium will conclude with a roundtable workshop on Friday at 3pm on "Creative Criticism and Critical Creations."

Sequels is an annual graduate student conference sponsored by the Department of English and the Ethnic and Third World (E3W) literatures group. The conference centers around the recent work of UT-Austin alumni and showcases the work of current graduate students. Questions? Email

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