In this worldwide webcast to be recorded live Kelly Professor and founder, and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, Al Filreis provides a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry.
Fred Moten, whose recent collection, The Feel Trio, was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, examines the intersection of race and poetry. For him, “partial correspondence” is the form that results when such human crises as ecological disaster and settler colonialism enter into the artistic acts of experimentation, generativity, and discovery. With a critical eye open to history’s racial injustices, Moten asks, “Why don’t black poets have time to write poems? Why does black poetry have time for neither poems nor poets?”
This past February, one of the great voices in American poetry, Philip Levine, died at 87. While his poems championed the working class of his native Detroit, he understood poetry to be a global art form capable of limitless expression. Author of more than twenty collections, including Pulitzer-Prize-Winning The Simple Truth (1994), Levine taught at California State University, Fresno for over three decades and served as the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. This event honors his life and his exceptional commitment to the field.
The first reading of Actualities, the collaborative book from poet Norma Cole and artist Marina Adams. Adams echoes the spareness of Cole’s language with delicate lines that contour muscular negative spaces, sometimes stark and densely foreboding, sometimes luxuriant with color. Norma Cole dialogues with Marina Adams with syncopated poems concerned with fragmentation, transformation, love, precarity, and the tenuousness of kinship between places, things, and being.
A reading celebrating the 50th issue of Plume: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and the annual Plume Anthology of Poetry, with poets Sarah Arvio, Sally Bliumus-Dunn, Cindy Cruz, Elaine Equi, Jerome Sala, and Grace Schulman.