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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.