Thursday, April 12 Lecture by Lisa Robertson 5:30pm, venue TBA
This year’s Robert Creeley Lecture in Poetry and Poetics will be given by
Lisa Robertson. An important focus of her talk will be 11th-13th century
poetries in the Occitan language, in which she will trace an avant avant
garde thinking through of literary form as embodied, affective process,
linguistic difference and minority/endangered languages and worlds, and the
production and circulation of social meaning. This discussion will in turn
have bearing on how contemporary poetic movements refuse and elude the
reduction of what poetry communicates to the semiotics of global capital.
Canadian poet Lisa Robertson recently published her tenth book, 3
Summers, with Coach House Books, as well as a chapbook, Starlings, with
Krupskaya. Previous titles include Cinema of the Present, The Men, and the
essay collections Nilling and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the
Office for Soft Architecture. This year she is the inaugural recipient of the C.D.
Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in
New York. She lives in France.
Friday, April 13 Roundtable, Discussion, and Readings 2-5pm, Poetry
Collection, 420 Capen, UB North Campus
Please join us for a roundtable, community discussion, and poetry readings that
will allow us to reflect and build on Robertson’s lecture. Participating will be
two other Canadian feminist poets working on language and cultural politics,
particularly around indigeneity: Liz Howard and Shannon Maguire.
Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry
Prize, the first time the prize has been awarded to a debut collection. She
is of mixed European and Anishinaabe descent. Born and raised on Treaty
9 territory in northern Ontario, she now lives in Toronto and assists with
research on the aging brain.
Shannon Maguire is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at
the University of Calgary. The author of two full-length poetry collections,
fur(l) parachute and Myrmurs: An Exploded Sestina, Shannon edited and
wrote the critical introduction to Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín
Moure (Wesleyan UP).
2017: Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia, “Reading Poetry”