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Presented By: Department of English Language and Literature

Colloquium: Contemporary Methods in Poetry & Poetics

Poetry and Poetics Workshop

Friday, April 14th

Angell Hall Rm. 3154

Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP here:

“Shaping Poetry in the Classroom” (11am-12:30pm)

Cody Walker, Lecturer IV and Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program | Gillian White, Associate Professor of English | John Whittier-Ferguson, Professor of English

How do teaching methods shape the idea of what students come to understand as “poetry”? What ideas of poetry are informed by the university classroom? This panel seeks to constellate the stakes, pressures, and possibilities of reading poetry in the classroom. We ask our panelists to think about how their teaching methods shape the idea of what their students come to understand as “poetry” and “poems.”

Lunch break (12:30pm-1pm)

“Poetics Now” (1pm-2:30pm)

Khaled Mattawa, Professor of creative writing in the Helen Zell MFA Writing Program | Marianna Hagler, PhD candidate in English Language & Literature | Sergio Villalobos-Ruminott, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish)

What is “poetics” today? Is it a matter of reading practices, methodology, and/or shared assumptions? How has our contemporary understanding of “poetics” come into being? This panel presents multiple understandings of poetics and how we might read poems today. Speakers may address lyric, poetic genre, issues of poetry criticism, reading communities, poetry performance, poetic “difficulty,” reader reception, translation, and reading theory. The panel will also feature close readings of particular poems.

For any questions or concerns, reach out to graduate co-coordinators Maya Day ( or Marianna Hagler (

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