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"What is a Poem?" Symposium Kicks Off Poetry Center

“What Is a Poem?” is the inaugural symposium of the Center for Poetry & Poetics. Is a poem more like a song or a shipping container? What was a poem in the seventeenth century, and what is it in the digital age? Why poetry, anyway? Join our world-class speakers as they explore these and other questions. The symposium will conclude with a conversation with former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

"WHAT IS A POEM?"

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Rotunda Dome Room

10am-5pm

"Poetry and Race" Symposium Brings Poets, Critics to Grounds

Please join us Friday, October 5 for “Poetry and Race,” a symposium hosted by the Center for Poetry & Poetics. This event will bring to grounds a group of internationally renowned poets and scholars for a day of panel presentations and interactive discussion. It will conclude with a poetry reading and reflection by the Jamaican poet laureate, Lorna Goodison.

"Poetry and Race" Symposium

 

Poetry has long been a crucial space for constructing and deconstructing racial identities. What can we learn about race from poetry, and poetry from race? How do national and transnational conversations about poetry and race intersect and diverge? Representing a variety of specializations, world-class speakers will compare insights into these and other questions.

SCHEDULE:

Virginia Jackson Lectures on "Becoming Lyric"

Please join us on Thursday, April 19 at 5pm in Minor 125 for a Distinguished Lecture in Poetry & Poetics. Virginia Jackson, UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric and Critical Theory in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, will give a talk on “Becoming Lyric” based on her influential work in historical poetics over the past two decades. Jackson's talk will trace the increasing capaciousness of the term “lyric” over the past few centuries, inviting us to contemplate the power and limits of this omnivorous generic category.

"Poetry and the World" Features Renowned Poets, Critics

Please join us Friday, April 6 for “Poetry and the World,” a symposium hosted by the Center for Poetry & Poetics. This event will bring to grounds a group of internationally renowned poets and scholars for a day of panel presentations and interactive discussion. It will conclude with a poetry reading and reflection by the British poet Daljit Nagra, whose Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize for the best first collection.

"POETRY AND THE WORLD"

Friday, April 6, 2018

Nau Hall Auditorium

10am-5pm

"Poetry and the World" Symposium

Free Admission
 
SCHEDULE:

10am - Noon - Panel 1
     Janet Neigh
         “Oral Memory in Digital Territories” 
     Yasser Elhariry
         “Strait, Sea, Poem: Emmanuel Hocquard" 
     Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
         “Persian Poetry in the Persianate World and Beyond” 
    
Noon - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

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"Poetry and Race" Symposium Brings Poets, Critics to Grounds

October 5, 2018

Please join us Friday, October 5 for “Poetry and Race,” a symposium hosted by the Center for Poetry & Poetics. This event will bring to grounds a group of internationally renowned poets and... Read»

Ardis Butterfield Lectures on "Medieval Lyric: A Translatable or Untranslatable Zone?"

September 25, 2018

Please join us on Tuesdsay, September 25 at 5:30pm in Cocke Hall Philosophy Library for a Distinguished Lecture in Poetry & Poetics. Ardis Butterfield, Marie Borroff Professor of English at... Read»

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Virginia Jackson Lectures on "Becoming Lyric"

April 19, 2018

Please join us on Thursday, April 19 at 5pm in Minor 125 for a Distinguished Lecture in Poetry & Poetics. Virginia Jackson, UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric and Critical Theory in the Departments... Read»

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