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

Contemporary Poetry and Romanticists Colloquium
Nov 15, 2023, 4:30 pm

Maureen N. McLane is a poet, scholar, and critic whose work often arises from the conjunction of romanticism and/or now. She has published seven books of poetry: Same Life (FSG, 2008); World Enough (FSG, 2010); This Blue (FSG, 2014); Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016); Some Say

McCosh Hall, Room 60

Past Events


Contemporary Poetry Colloquium, Council of the Humanities, Department of English
Oct 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Otters and Others: British and Irish Poetry

Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall
Contemporary Poetry Colloquium
Nov 30, 2016, 4:30 pm

"Poetry Reading with Robert Perelman"

Reception in the Thorp Library to follow talk.

McCosh Hall, Room 40