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2nd Annual Robert Creeley Lecture and Celebration of Poetry
March 30 - March 31
On March 30, 5:00 pm, Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the U of Virginia and author or editor of over 24 books, will be lecturing on “Reading Poetry”—a reflection tracking key stylistic innovations in poetry that were developed in England and America after 1790 and arguing that these innovations were directed at reimagining the character and practice of human perception.
McGann’s lecture is the feature event of the second annual Robert Creeley Lecture and Celebration of Poetry. For other events on this two-day schedule (including music composed by SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder and a colloquy welcoming open discussion reflecting on McGann’s lecture) see below. All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday March 30
250 Baird Hall
- 4:00 | Excerpt from concert film of SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder’s Les Quatres TempsCardinaux, responding to Creeley’s poems “Spring Light” and “Buffalo Evening”
- 4:45 | UB English/Poetics Program and riverrun High School Poetry Contest, reading by winner and runners-up
- 5:00 | Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the U of Virginia, lecture: “Reading Poetry”
- 6:30 | Reception
Friday March 31
420 Capen Hall, Poetry Collection
- 3:00-5:00 | A Colloquy on Poetry and Poetics
Roundtable on “Reading Poetry,” including comments and moderated by James Maynard, Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries. At the close of this event, members of the audience are invited to read a poem—their own or by a favorite author.
This event is co-sponsored by UB English Department and Poetics Program; riverrun; the James H. McNulty Chair; the UB Humanities Institute; the David Gray Chair Steve McCaffery; Just Buffalo Literary Center; and the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries.