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.

Upcoming Events

Apr 30
Mark Nowak, Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Manhattanville College; and Julia Spicher Kasdorf, English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University.
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Roundtable Discussion:  What Is Documentary Poetry?

Co-sponsored with the Program in Asian American Studies, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the University Center for Human Values.

Apr 30
Mark Nowak, Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Manhattanville College; and Julia Spicher Kasdorf, English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Poetry Reading: Documentary Poetics

Co-sponsored with the Program in Asian American Studies, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the University Center for Human Values.

Past Events

2019-2020

Oct 15
Jan Zwicky, Professor Emerita, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria and Robert Bringhurst, Poet, typographer, author
106 McCormick Hall 7: 00 PM

Poetry Reading

Co-sponsored with the 20th C. Colloquium, the Bain-Swiggett Lectureship in Poetry, the Fund for Canadian Studies, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the University Center for Human Values.

Oct 15
Jan Zwicky, Professor Emerita, Department of Philosophy, University of Victoria and Robert Bringhurst, Poet, typographer, author
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Thinking on the Edge of the Abyss

Co-sponsored with the 20th C. Colloquium, the Bain-Swiggett Lectureship in Poetry, the Fund for Canadian Studies, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the University Center for Human Values.

Apr 30
Mark Nowak, Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Manhattanville College; and Julia Spicher Kasdorf, English and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Roundtable Discussion:  Documentary Poetics

Co-sponsored with the Program in Asian American Studies, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the University for Human Values.

2018-2019

Apr 10
Rachel Galvin, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Chicago
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

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Co-sponsored by the Contemporary Poetry Colloquium

Mar 25
Anne Waldman, Poet
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 5: 00 PM

A Reading by Anne Waldman

Mar 25
Anne Waldman, Poet
Firestone Library, Rare Books and Special Collections 2: 00 PM
  Anne Waldman, Making the Mimeograph Revolution  
Nov 19
Alice Notley, Poet
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Alice Notley Reading

Nov 14
Joshua Beckman, Poet/Editor, Wave Books
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Reading and Conversation with Joshua Beckman

Oct 24
Dorothea Lasky, School of the Arts, Columbia University, Poet
40 McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Poetry Reading with Dorothea Lasky

Oct 01
Tom Pickard, Poet
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

A Reading with Tom Pickard

2017-2018

Mar 06
Meta DuEwa Jones, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Alchemy in African/American Poetry: Experimental Ekphrasis

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

2016-2017

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.