This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Poet and literary critic Stephen Burt addresses the paradoxes and challenges of writing for a reading public and how and why there may be more than one of them. In this Humanities Without Boundaries Lecture, he asks: How can critics write about poems, and poetry, in a way that gets more people to read them—and is that even a laudable goal? What is a “general audience” for poetry, or for writing about it, anyway these days? Who reads what poems, and why, and will that change soon?
The lecture will take place in L160 of the Elvehjem Building at 800 University Ave.
In addition to his lecture, Stephen Burt will be doing a poetry reading on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 PM in room 126, Memorial Library.
Stephen Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. His essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among other topics, Stephen Burt’s writings focus on queer and trans identities, and his work includes The Art of the Sonnet; Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler; The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry; Parallel Play: Poems; Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; and Randall Jarrell and His Age. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer, and the Boston Review.