Contemporary Poetry Colloquium

Contemporary Poetry Colloquium

The Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Poetry brings together practicing poets and scholars from Princeton and beyond in a series of events aimed at exploring poetry in the present moment. We sponsor readings that include a question and answer session where the audience is able to engage in a dialogue with the featured poet. In past years, we have hosted poets such as Charles Bernstein, Timothy Donnelly, Ben Lerner, Jean Valentine, Tracy K. Smith, Lisa Robertson, Eduardo Corral, and Rosanna Warren. We also organize events that bring the creative and critical arts together in a necessary dialogue, including roundtable discussions by poets and scholars focusing on topics and issues in contemporary poetry. These have included a discussion of ‘Poetry and Pedagogy,’ a roundtable on the work of New York School poet James Schuyler, and an upcoming symposium on conceptualism and poetic freedom. As a colloquium, we are committed to providing a yearlong series of readings and events that celebrate the poetry community at Princeton while sustaining a dialogue about poetry in the twenty-first century.

Past Events


Dec 14
Morgan Parker, poet
TBD 4: 30 PM

Co-sponsored by the Contemporary Poetry Colloquium

Dec 14
Morgan Parker, Poet and Editor
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Poetry Reading by Morgan Parker

Nov 08
Jennifer Scappettone, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

"To 'Whistle / in the Fasces of Uniform Graphemes': Babel After Fascism"

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

Oct 11
John Kerrigan, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Otters and Others: British and Irish Poetry


Nov 30
Robert Perelman, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, Bain-Swiggett Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, Princeton University
McCosh Hall, Room 40 4: 30 PM

"Poetry Reading with Robert Perelman"

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.