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Craft Lecture: Three Ways to Activate Attentiveness

Poet Eduardo C. Corral, Zell Visiting Writers Series

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Eduardo C. Corral
Poets read, keep notebooks, and revise. These activities are some of the ways we pay attention to the world and to language. In this craft lecture, we will discuss a few strategies to activate reading, notebooking, and the revision process.


Eduardo C. Corral’s latest book of poetry, Guillotine (Graywolf, 2020), gives voice and depth to undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers through dramatic portraits of contradiction, survival, and deeply human, relentless interiority.

Corral is also the author of Slow Lightning, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the first Latinx poet to win this competition. Corral is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Hodder Fellowship and the National Holmes Poetry Prize, both from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University.

Praised for his seamless blending of English and Spanish, tender treatment of history, and careful exploration of sexuality, Corral’s poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience. Guillotine, his second book, traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal’s lingering scars, the border itself—great distances in which violence and yearning find roots. With extraordinary lyric imagination, these poems wonder about being unwanted or renounced. What do we do with unrequited love? Is it with or without it that we would waste away?


The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings outstanding writers to campus each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (BA ’64, LLDHon ’13). For more information, please visit the Zell Visiting Writers Program webpage: https://lsa.umich.edu/writers

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email asbates@umich.edu-- we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Copies of the readings and live, high quality auto-captions/transcriptions will be provided at all events.

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