Mar
28
3:00 PM15:00

A Tribute to Tom Sleigh, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Oregon Convention Center, Room D 137-138, Level 1

Over the course of a career that has spanned four decades, Tom Sleigh has made a notable contribution to American letters—primarily as a poet, but also as a journalist and critic. Tom Sleigh has published twelve volumes of poetry and prose, and has received many accolades for his work. During a time when American poets of all affiliations seek to practice a poetry of resistance, Sleigh’s work exemplifies how such verse might look--how it can seamlessly combine the personal and the political, be fierce but impressively crafted, urgent but free of cant. Sleigh’s reportage from numerous international zones of conflict further testifies to the importance of his example. His consummately crafted poems display great aesthetic breadth and an ever-deepening social consciousness. His reportage from locales such as Iraq, Somalia, and Lebanon reflect an abiding search for moral and political truth, one that represents writing of witness at its best. Participants include Emilia Phillips, Sunil Yapa, Grace McNair, Peter Campion, and Tomas Morin.

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Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00
Nov
18
4:30 PM16:30
Nov
18
2:30 PM14:30
Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

A Celebration of W. S. Graham, Greenlight Bookstore, (Fort Greene) 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

Greenlight hosts an evening celebrating W.S. Graham, one of the most unusual and original poets of the last century, on the occasion of a new collection of selected poems edited by Michael Hofmann and published by the New York Review of Books. The Scottish poet had a career that fell into two distinct parts. His early work was rapt and wild and incantatory—poems filled with linguistic fireworks that can be set beside those of his near contemporary Dylan Thomas. After that, Graham, who lived almost penniless with his wife in a tiny cottage, did not publish another book until the 1970s. This later work is a continual examination of thought and feeling that is also an ongoing exploration into the nature of poetic form. A variety of poets read and discuss Graham’s work, followed by a Q&A and reception with wine and scotch.

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Nov
11
3:15 PM15:15
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30
Nov
2
3:00 PM15:00

WWI Commemoration Events: A Conscientious Objector With a Very Seared Conscience

Nov. 2, 2018. Lyric Essay Reading at University of Illinois, Chicago, 3-5 PM in the Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, Chicago, IL

Poetry reading, and discussion about writing about the trauma of war:

In a letter, Wilfred Owen once described himself as "a conscientious objector with a very seared conscience." That description seems to accurately describe what I've often felt as a journalist and poet who, by writing about refugees, inevitably finds himself writing about mental and physical wounds. So by looking back at World War I poets like Wilfred Owen and David Jones, I'll explore what's at stake in learning how to speak the language of the wound in our contemporary world.

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