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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.

LIVESTREAM (for Friday only): Click here to watch the livestream of the event.

Speakers include: Vidhu Aggarwal, Genji Amino, Daisy Atterbury, Julia Bloch, 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 5:45 pm in Martin E. Segal Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, NYC

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Opening remarks by Tonya Foster and Dorothy Wang

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Keynote by Roberto Tejada

12-1:15 p.m.: Panel 1—The Past and Future of Experiment

Rizvana Bradley

Erica Hunt

Tan Lin

1:15- 2:15 p.m.: Lunch break

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Panel 2—History and Power

Genji Amino

Julia Bloch

Lucas de Lima

Dorothy Wang

3:45-5 p.m.: Panel 3—Poetry and Other Arts

Vidhu Aggarwal

Tonya Foster

Ronaldo Wilson

5:15-5:45 p.m.: Keynote by Bhanu Kapil (video)

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

12-1 p.m.: Keynote by Jared Sexton

1:15-2:30 p.m.: Panel 4—Other Englishes/Translation

Walt Hunter

Jee Leong Koh

Sawako Nakayasu

2:45-4:15 p.m. Panel 5: Poetry Outside Poetry Studies

Daisy Atterbury

Sherwin Bitsui

Celina Su

Monica Youn

4:15-5 p.m.: Closing conversation: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tonya Foster

Roberto Tejada

Dorothy Wang

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