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Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
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Arielle Greenberg is the author of the poetry collections My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005) and Given (Verse, 2002) and the chapbooks Shake Her (Dusie Kollektiv, 2009) and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan, 2003). Her poems have been included the 2004 and 2005 editions of Best American Poetry and a number of other anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande, 2006), and she is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and other awards. A translated volume of her selected poetry is out in German from LuxBooks. She is co-editor of three poetry anthologies: with Rachel Zucker, Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, which centers around personal essays by young women poets on their living female mentors (Iowa, 2008) and Starting Today: Poems from Obama’s First 100 Days (Iowa, forthcoming 2010); and with Lara Glenum, Gurlesque, based on a theory Arielle originated (Saturnalia, 2009). She is also editing, with Becca Klaver, an anthology of contemporary poetry on girlhood aimed at teenage girls. Another scholarly interest is American subcultures and countercultures, and she is editor of a college reader, Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America (Longman, 2006). She is the poetry editor for the journal Black Clock, a founder and co-editor of the journal Court Green, and the founder-moderator of the poet-moms listserv. She is an Associate Professor in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and lives in Evanston, IL with her family. She is spending 2009-2010 in Belfast, Maine working on an oral history of the new back-to-the-land movement.
Paul Breslin (Ph.D. University of Virginia) teaches and researches Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and Caribbean Literature. He is author of The Psycho-Political Muse: American Poetry since the Fifties (Chicago, 1987); You Are Here (poems, TriQuarterly Books, Fall 2000); and Nobody’s Nation: Reading Derek Walcott (Chicago, 2001). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Callaloo, Modernism/Modernity, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly, and elsewhere.
He has won six Illinois Arts Council prizes for literary essays and poems, and was twice winner of Poetry magazine’s George Kent prize. In 2003, he was the first non-Caribbean speaker to give the annual Derek Walcott lecture in St. Lucia, an event established in 1993. In 2005 he was co-editor of a special Walcott issue of Callaloo. He has just completed a second volume of poems and, with co-author Rachel Ney (Northwestern University doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature), a translation of Aimé Césaire’s La tragédie du roi Christophe. He is writing a book on modern Caribbean representations of the Haitian Revolution, which is under contract in the New World Studies series of the University Press of Virginia. He is a faculty associate of the graduate programs in Comparative Literary Studies (CLS), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), and the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama.