CANCELED Contemporary Poetry Colloquium: What Is Documentary Poetry?

Thu, Apr 30, 2020, 12:00 pm
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Sponsor(s): 
Department of English
Program in American Studies
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
University Center for Human Values

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Photo of Julia Spicher Kasdorf. Photo by Zsuzsanna Nagy

Julia Spicher Kasdorf. Photo by Zsuzsanna Nagy

Julia Spicher Kasdorf is the author of four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher; Eve’s Striptease; Poetry in America; and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

She has published a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, and the biographical study, Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. With Joshua R. Brown she edited new editions of Yoder’s regional classic Rosanna of the Amish, and Fred Lewis Pattee’s local color romance The House of the Black Ring. With Michael Tyrell, she co-edited Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn. She is now working with Christopher Reed on the exhibition and catalogue Field Language: Paintings and Poetry by Warren and Jane Rohrer.

Mark Nowak

Photo of Mark Nowak. Photo by Lisa Arrastia

Mark Nowak. Photo by Lisa Arrastia

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow and 2015 Lannan Fellow, is an award-winning poet, social critic, and labor activist whose writings include The New York Times Editor’s Choice, Shut Up Shut Down (2004, afterword by Amiri Baraka), and the acclaimed book on coal mining disasters in the U.S. and China, Coal Mountain Elementary (2009), that Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” Nowak is also the founding director of the Worker Writers School at the PEN American Center in New York City.