October 2016: D. Gilson (Texas Tech): “Michael Jackson and Racial Illegibility” and Will Stockton (Clemson): “Why are the Utopians Monogamous?’
April 2016: Rachel Galvin (U Chicago): “‘Citation is Exaltation’: Post-9/11 Poetry”
November 2015: Paul Jaussen (Lawrence Technological University): “The Catalogue as a Transhistorical Device”
October 2015: Pedagogy Roundtable with Marjorie Levinson (English), Aric Knuth (English), Benjamin Paloff (Slavic and Comp Lit) and John Whittier-Ferguson (English)
September 2015: Dimiter Kenarov, “News that Stays Poetry”
April 2015: Logan Wall, “Louis Zukofsky and the Poetics of Exodus” (Dissertation Chapter Workshop)
February 2015: Barrett Watten (Wayne State University): “Language Writing’s Concrete Utopia: From Leningrad to Occupy.” Co-sponsored with Interdisciplinary Marxism Working Group.
January 2015: “Making Abstracts Concrete” a round table discussion with Gillian White (English), Benjamin Paloff (Slavic and Comp Lit) and John Whittier-Ferguson (English)
November 2014: Paul Magee (University of Canberra) “Question: Whose emotions are expressed in your poems?” Co-sponsored with Helen Zell Creative Writing Program.
October 2014: Maureen McLane (New York Univesity): “Toward a Compositionist Poetics: from Ballad Rhizomatics to the Mesh, or, An Arbor for Ann Arbor” and “A Reading with Divagations and Discussion”
September 2014: Reading group discussion of Maureen McLane’s My Poets
April 2014: Evie Shockely (Rutgers University): “Julie Patton’s Visual Poetics and the Discourse of Colorblindness” and a poetry reading. Both events co-sponsored with the Avant-Garde Interest Group (AGIG).
February 2014: Alexandra Socarides (University of Missouri): “Introduction: From Everywhere to Nowhere” and “Writing Public Scholarship.”
February 2014: Reading group discussion of Max Cavitch’s “Emma Lazarus and the Golem of Liberty” (The Traffic in Poems, 2008) and Alexandra Socarides’s “The Poems (We Think) We Know: Emma Lazarus’s ‘The New Colossus.'”
November 2013: David Lucas, “The Self in the Song: Identity and Authority in Contemporary American Poetry.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop]
October 2013: Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University): “Posthumous Love in Renaissance England” and “Limit Cases: Henry King and John Milton.” Both events co-sponsored with the Early Modern Colloquium (EMC).
October 2013: Matt Pfaff (Classics), “C=L=A=S=S=I=C=I=S=M=S and Beyond” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop]
September 2013: “A Conversation with Rob Halpern.” Rob Halpern (EMU) will read from and discuss selections of his poetry, including his latest publication, “Music for Porn”(2012).
April 2013: Emily Howard, “A Natural History of the Natural History Footnote: Charlotte Smith and Poetic Apparatus.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop.]
March 2013: Adam Mazel, “Oxbridge Re-visited: The Youth of Rhyme at the Fin de Siecle.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop.]
February 2013: Christopher Nealon (Johns Hopkins University): “The Prynne Reflex”
November 2012: Maria Damon (University of Minnesota): Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (2009)
November 2012: Leila Watkins, “Inner Weather: George Herbert and Lyric Consolation.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop.]
October 2012: Reading group discussion of Christopher Nealon’s “Affect, Performativity, and Actually Existing Poetry,” Textual Practice (Spring 2011).
September 2012: “Poetry’s Publishing Media,” a panel discussion with English Language and Literature librarian Aaron McCollough, Benjamin Paloff (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Meghan Forbes (Slavic Languages and Literatures), book designer Jeff Clark, and poet Christine Hume.
April 2012: Vassilis Lampropoulos and Pantelis Polychronidis, “‘The Silken Skilled Transmemberment of Song”: How does Music read Poetry?”
March 2012: Ming-Qian Ma (SUNY Buffalo), “‘The Ectopic Eye’: Re-Vision and its Typology of the Page in Avant-Garde Visual Prosody” (Lecture) & “A Seminar Workshop” (Workshop Discussion of Shared Readings). [With the Avant-Garde Interest Group.]
February 2012: Linda Gregerson, “Telling Time.”
January 2012: Mackin Smith and Aurko Joshi, “New Work on Hip Hop Poetics.”
November 2011: Damir Arsenijevic, “Love after Genocide.” [With the Comparative Literature Department.]
November 2011: Mikey Rinaldo, “Breaking the Letter: Susan Howe & Microfont Poetics.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop]
October 2011: Mary Louise Kete (University of Vermont), “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the Promies of Ekphrasis.” [With the Visual Culture Workshop.]
September 2011: General Interest Meeting for the 2011-12 Academic Year
March 2011: Lynn Keller (University of Wisconsin), “The (Un)Natural Resources of Experimental Ecopoetics, and the Example of a. rawlings’ Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists.”
February 2011: J. Paul Hunter (University of Virginia), “Poetry on the Page and the Mind’s Ear” (Lecture) & “Historical Aesthetics” (Roundtable Discussion). [With the Eighteenth-Century Studies Group.]
December 2010: Rebecca Porte, “Luminous, Necessary, & Frequent: A Brief History of Poetic Logic.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop.]
November 2010: Eliza Richards (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “The Storms Behind the Storms We Feel: Melville’s Civil War Weather Reports.” [With the Visual Cultrue Workshop.]
October 2010: Caroline Miller, “Abstract Concrete: Experimental Poetry and Art in Post-WWII New York City.” [Dissertation Chapter Workshop.]
September 2010: Craig Dworkin (University of Utah), “Poetics & Prosaics.”
April 2010: Benjamin Paloff, “95 Theses on Poetry and Impermanence.”
March 2010: Tung-Hui Hu & Vivian Lee, “The Last Time You Cried: poetry and voice in the digital environment.”
January 2010: Laurence Goldstein, “Politics by Parable: Denise Levertov and the Gulf War.”
December 2010: Amy Sara Carroll, Discussion of Recent Works
October 2009: “Dot Dot Dot: Two Talks-In-Progress”
Gillian White, “‘To Speak of Woe’:Dramatic Ellipses in the American Confessional Lyric after Modernism.”
Rachel Feder, “Urban Infinity, Rural Sublime.”
April 2009: Adela Pinch, “Thinking in the Second Person in 19th Century Poetry.”
March 2009: David Mason (Colorado College), “Transatlantic Influences in Contemporary Poetry.”
November 2009: Toshiaki Komura, “Elizabeth Bishop and Anxiety of Lost Loss: Covert-, Non-, Anti-Elegies in Bishop’s Later Elegiac Work.”
October 2008: Jennifer Ashton (University of Illinois-Chicago), “Sincerity and the Second Person: Lyric after Language Poetry.”
April 2008: A discussion of New Lyric Studies with Yopie Prins and Virginia Jackson (Tufts University).
January 2007: A discussion of the GHAZAL, featuring new poems by Rebecca Porte and Emily Mahan as well as the history of the form presented by Khaled Mattawa.
November 2007: Macklin Smith, “Langland’s Unruly Caesura,” with a discussion of Hopkins & Outkast.
October 2007: Petra Kuppers, “Tiresian Journey: Touching Words, Veils, Manna,” along with a screening of footage from the ongoing “Tiresias” project.