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Presented By: Zell Visiting Writers Series

The Punctum & the Phosphorus, the Torque & the Haunt: In Search of The Poem (or Story) We Can't Shake Off - EVENT CANCELED

A Craft Lecture with Atsuro Riley, Zell Visiting Writers Series

photo credit: Sven Wiederholt photo credit: Sven Wiederholt
photo credit: Sven Wiederholt

Zell Visiting Writers Series craft lectures are free and open to the public, and will be offered both virtually (via Zoom) and in person (in The Robert Hayden Conference Room, Angell Hall #3222). Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis; please arrive early to secure a spot. Please contact with any questions or accommodation needs.

We will examine a selection of poems and other literary artworks (from the dead and the living), on the lookout for the ‘punctum’ and the ‘phosphorus’, the 'torque' and the 'haunt'—considering together the words, phrases, musical moves and formal choices that make the work viscerally felt and indelible, impossible to forget or shrug off.
The lenses and touchstones of our discussion will be the punctum vs. studium concept, formulated by Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida, and the William Carlos Williams quote from In the American Grain:
It has been my wish to draw from every source one thing,
the strange phosphorus of the life. . .

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (Angell Hall #5209), reflection room (Haven Hall #1506), and gender-inclusive restroom (Angell Hall 5th floor) are available on site. ASL interpreters and CART services at in-person events are available upon request; please email at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

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