R291. Holocaust Poetics: Writing the Traumatized Past and Present

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As David Eng and David Kazanjian explain, “the past remains steadfastly alive for the political work of the present.” In this era of uncertainty and unrest, five poets whose writing focuses on the Holocaust discuss how poems about past atrocities can serve as models for addressing current traumas. Through their use of forms such as the litany and the elegy, they offer lyric strategies that other poets can employ, not only to represent the Shoah but also to confront the present.



Jehanne Dubrow is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently Dots & Dashes, The Arranged Marriage, and Red Army Red. She is as an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is a poet and PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where she researches American poetry about the Holocaust. She is the author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars and has held fellowships from Bread Loaf and the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Luisa Muradyan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Gulf Coast. She is the recipient of a CLASS fellowship from the University of Houston and the recipient of the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her book, American Radiance, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Primary Source. He is the editor of the anthology Queer. He is Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass. She has received an NEA fellowship in poetry, among other honors. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo.


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