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Monday, Mar. 30
MSC 4200 (The Chamber)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Poetry Reading, with Naomi Shihab Nye

The second Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence of Spring 2015 is Naomi Shihab Nye. Born to a Palestinian father and American mother, she has published more than 30 volumes, including poetry, essays, and novels for both adults and children. Her fellowships include Lannan, Guggenheim, and Witter Bynner (Library of Congress), and she has received numerous poetry awards, including the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and the Robert Creeley Prize. Part of National Poetry Month 2015.

 


Wednesday, Apr. 1
MSC 4200 (The Chamber)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Panel Discussion, with Naomi Shihab Nye, Tahani Salah, and Amir Rabiyah, moderated by Andrea Assaf

Since 9/11, Nye has spoken often on behalf of Arab-Americans, and as a voice for cross-cultural understanding. Her volume, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, was widely praised for its timely message. Critic Donna Seaman wrote that “Nye’s clarion condemnation of prejudice and injustice reminds readers that most Americans have ties to other lands and that all concerns truly are universal.” On April 1 she will be joined by several other Arab American poets who will be visiting USF as part of the College of the Arts’ “Building Bridges” grant. Part of National Poetry Month 2015.

 


Monday, Apr. 6
CWY 206
6:00pm, reception to follow

Shakespeare, Tragedy, and Possessing Language, with Sarah Beckwith

We continue our annual Shakespeare series with a visit from renowned Duke University scholar Sarah Beckwith, who maintains that through Shakespeare, we can better understand the importance of being human. In her talk, Beckwith argues that “The rejection of all talk of the human has left the humanities pathetically enfeebled and almost defenseless against the combined but formidable onslaughts of the corporate university, the business model of education, and its own consequential abandonment of the common reader.” She shows how Shakespeare offers us a way of talking about the human – not as either a metaphysical or biological entity to be scientifically established, nor as a definition that excludes non-rational creatures, but as a form of life to which we are fated.

 


Thursday, Apr. 16
TECO Room (College of Education)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Poetry Reading, with Jacqueline Osherow

Osherow is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah and has published several collections of poetry, her latest titled Ultimatum from Paradise. She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Part of National Poetry Month 2015.

 


Tuesday, Apr. 21
TECO Room (College of Education)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Poetry Reading, with Meg Day and Sandra Beasley

Meg Day and Sandra Beasley will be at USF for two days to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities for female poets. Meg Day, selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize), When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, and the International Queer Arts Festival.

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. Her debut, Theories of Falling, was selected by Marie Howe as winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. In 2011, Crown published her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a cultural history of food allergies. She won the 2013 Center for Book Arts Chapbook competition, judged by Harryette Mullen, for “None in the Same Room: Poems from The Traveler’s Vade Mecum.” Her third full-length collection, Count the Waves, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Co in 2015.

 

 


Wednesday, Apr. 22
TECO Room (College of Education)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Women in Poetry Discussion Panel, with Sandra Beasley, Meg Day, and Erica Dawson

Erica Dawson (University of Tampa) will join Sandra Beasley and Meg Day to discuss issues of poetic influence, mentoring, and gender disparities in publishing. Part of National Poetry Month 2015.

 


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