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Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Third Floor Seminar Room (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
Joanna Kurowska, Ph.D. is the author of five poetry volumes, most recently The Wall & Beyond, eLectio Publishing, 2012; Inclusions (forthcoming 2014, Cervena Barva Press), and The Butterfly’s Choice (forthcoming 2015, Broadstone Media). Her work appeared in American and European journals such as Apple Valley Review, Atticus, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, International Poetry Review, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Off The Coast, Room, Solo, Tipton Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Joanna has taught language and literature at several American universities, including the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Loyola University (Chicago). For more information please visit her website http://joanna-kurowska.com
TOPIC: HOW HISTORY TRANSPIRES IN POETRY
How is history, or any notion of the times we live in, reflected in our writing? Can our poems be unrelated to history? In James Cummins’s poem, “The Snipers”, a father quarrels with a son at a church picnic, aggression rising as the theme; it happens that the father fought in Normandy, the son in Vietnam. There are many overt and subtle examples of how our personal experience is rooted in our own, but also in a larger, history. We’ll look at a few Polish and American poets to see how, whether or not intended, history turns up at the language and image levels in the work of others and in our own work.
Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.