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Poetry Studies Now

APR 26, 2019 | 10:30 AM TO 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


April 26, 2019: 10:30 AM-7:30 PM




The Center for the Humanities


About this conference

This 2-day conference aims to critically examine the current state of poetry studies while looking ahead to the possibilities opened up by recent reframings of questions of race and coloniality in and outside the academy. The keynote speakers we have gathered for the event—Bhanu Kapil, Jared Sexton, and Roberto Tejada—reflect our intention to put in conversation a range of critical and poetic modes. Through a cluster of panel discussions with poets and scholars, we hope to foster interdisciplinary exchange toward a centering of race and coloniality in discourse about poetry, renovating this toward new horizons of thought and action. In part, this conference hopes to bring to bear the groundbreaking work in purportedly “extra-literary” fields to rethink poetry studies and excavate unexamined assumptions.

Speakers include: Vidhu AggarwalGenji Amino, Daisy Atterbury, Sherwin Bitsui, Rizvana Bradley, Tonya Foster, Erica Hunt, Walt Hunter, Bhanu Kapil, Jee Leong Koh, Lucas de Lima, Tan Lin, Sawako Nakayasu, Jared Sexton, Celina Su, Roberto Tejada, Dorothy Wang, Ronaldo Wilson, Monica Youn. 


Friday, April 26th
10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre, the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, NYC

Saturday, April 27th
12pm to 5pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY

Co-sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Poets House.

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