Events This Semester

An Afternoon with Poet and Scholar John Wilkinson

The UB Department of English & the Poetics Program

invite you to an afternoon with poet & scholar

John Wilkinson

Vehement Lyric: Readings from Wood Circle and Fugue State

Wednesday, April 24th, 3pm

Poetics Program Library, 410 Clemens

Latasha N. Nevada Diggs

Thurs., Feb. 15,  3:30pm

Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall 

Trans Longevity: A Poetry & Poetics Symposium

Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm  | 403 Hayes Hall,  South Campus  

Trish Salah keynote lecture, reception to follow

Friday, March 29, 3:00pm | Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall 

Kay Gabriel, CAConrad, & Taylor Johnson panel & discussion, reception to follow

Friday, March 29, 7:30pm ||  Just Buffalo, 468 Washington St., 2nd Floor

Group poetry reading featuring symposium guests, and members of the Poetics and Just Buffalo community

The concept of “trans longevity” engages with all that enables more-than-survival for trans people today.  While attending to the precariousness of trans lives, trans longevity resists death-organized (cis) narratives and institutional configurations of transness – and is informed instead by trans archives that emphatically assert trans presence and by trans histories that offer templates for continuation through and beyond our present.  If trans futurity seems to require a leap to better times ahead, trans longevity proposes trans-futures in more tangible, scalable terms, supplying lived links embedded in today and its enduring pasts to a renovated collective long-haul.  

Our symposium seeks to explore trans longevity specifically as it is figured forth in a multitude of trans poetries and poetics that make more visible and available small and large modes of resistance to forces that damage the quality of present-tense trans life; that model trans joy, care, and indestructibility; and that channel the past’s material evidence to ensure our trans kin remain here, with, and now – for a long time to come.

Brenda Iijima & Janice Lee

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30pm

Just Buffalo, 468 Washington St., 2nd Floor

Asiya Wadud

Thursday, May 2, 3:30 pm  

Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall