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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... Read More →
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Jill McDonough

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough is the recipient of Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her most recent book is Reaper (Alice James, 2017); Here All Night, her fifth collection, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. She teaches in the MFA program... Read More →
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Oliver de la Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair... 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... Read More →


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

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