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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Poetry and American Empire LIMITED

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Both poetry and political engagement have the power to make radical claims on us. In light of this, how do contemporary poets write to (or about) the manifestations of American influence, here and abroad? What ethical or aesthetic difficulties do they face? Members of this panel will share a few poems that take up these challenges and discuss the intersection between their politics and poetry.

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David Roderick

David Roderick is the author of THE AMERICANS and BLUE COLONIAL. He is also host of the Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show.

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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), was named one of the best books of the... Read More →
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Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →
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Rachel Richardson

Contributing Editor, Memorious
Rachel Richardson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. She is the author of Copperhead (2011) and Hundred-Year Wave (forthcoming in 2016) both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in Slate, New England Review, Southern Review, Blackbird, PN Review, and elsewhere. Her essays and reviews appear in Kenyon... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Universalist Church

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