The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series in the Department of English is pleased to be sponsoring a poetry reading with poet and critic MICHAEL LEONG on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall. The event is free and open to the entire campus community and the public. For more information, see the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series.

Michael Leong Poster

The Graduate Program in English
presents a talk by Nathan Suhr-Sytsma

Transnational Lines, or Poetry in the Era of Decolonization

Since Chinua Achebe appropriated the phrase Things Fall Apart from W. B. Yeats, African literature has often been framed as a response to earlier British and Irish texts. This talk takes up Christopher Okigbo’s “Lament of the Masks,” a poem that strikingly addresses Yeats in the idiom of a Yoruba oríkì or praise-song, in order to propose a new approach to reading twentieth-century anglophone poetry.

Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Tribble Hall, Room A108

Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Tribble Hall, Room C216
Reception follows in Ammons Lounge

A Lecture by Lauren Berlant
Sponsored by the Dean Family Fund

Living in Ellipsis: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life

Dr. Lauren Berlant, a George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago, will discuss “being in life without wanting the world” while considering works by Claudia Rankine (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely), the novel and film A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood, 1964; Tom Ford, 2009), and works by Harryette Mullen (Sleeping with the Dictionary). The talk will examine the aesthetics and a subjectivity shaped on one side by suicide and on the other by a life drive.


Additional information.

Made possible by the Dean Family fund.

Join us for a reading by Bhanu Kapil in the Hanes Art Gallery at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28.

Kapil teaches at Naropa University and in Goddard College’s M.F.A. program.

She is the author of five books of poetry/prose: Ban en Banlieu (forthcoming Dec. 2014, Nightboat Books), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011), humanimal [a project for futhre children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), and The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001).

Sponsored by the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series.

Additional information.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Tribble Hall, Room C216
Reception follows.

Raised in Philadelphia, poet Jacqueline Osherow received her BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and her PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Hoopoe’s Crown (2005). Her debut collection, Looking for Angels in New York (1988), was chosen for the Contemporary Poetry Series.

Often inhabiting a variety of demanding formal structures such as terza rima and the double sestina, Osherow’s poetry is both conversational and learned, concerned with the intricacies of faith and the weight of history. As a reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted, Osherow is “a poet who offers opinions and reactions to the weightiest questions of history and religion, while sounding less like an authority than like a particularly well-traveled friend.” She is particularly interested in biblical inconsistencies, and her psalms have their root in the holy poems she heard as a child at temple. In a 1999 essay for the Poetry Society of America, Osherow wrote, “If I write out of a specific poetic tradition, it is the Jewish poetic tradition, American poet though I am.”

She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

Osherow’s work has been anthologized in Twentieth Century American Poetry (2003), The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry (2005), Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology (2000), and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (2001), and twice in Best American Poetry.

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program

 How great would it be to study the Middle Ages (literature, history, culture) in a revered and ancient medieval institution? How great would it be to research environmental issues (policy, history, politics) from the vantage point of Oxford University? You may have the opportunity to do one of these! Come hear about the Medieval/Evironmental Studies Summer Program at St. Peter’s College, Oxford.  Talk with Drs. Gale Sigal or Gillian Overing to see whether you’d like to have an Oxford educational experience for a summer! The courses take place at the distinguished Magdalene College, Oxford and are taught by Oxford dons.


Oxford University Summer School Slide Show by

Dr. Kenneth Addison of St. Peter’s College, Oxford

Tribble Hall A202

on Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 5:00


All students welcome!! Refreshments will be served!!!

Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program



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