Unraveling the Prophetic: Gerald Stern’s Oeuvre Revisited

Room 2215B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


In October 2022, the National Book Award–winning Jewish poet Gerald Stern passed away at the age of ninety-seven. This panel of Stern’s friends and students will reflect on the impact of his work—from his breakout book Lucky Life to his last book I., a mischievous refraction of the biblical book and figure of Isaiah. The conversation will celebrate his life, delve into the Jewish valences of his work, and explore what his troubling of the prophetic mode reveals about his intertwined politics and poetics.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Stern_panel_outline.pdf



Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Cemetery Ink, Immigrant Model, and Father Dirt, translator of Liliana Ursu's Clay and Star and Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper, and coeditor of Border Lines: Poems of Migration. She is associate professor of English at Monmouth University (NJ).

Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and the author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her work has appeared in Poetry, APR, Jubilat, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from New York University.

Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: identity, current events/history, nature, science, the Japanese zuihitsu. In her tenth book she explores iterations of foreign bodies. Awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and translation at Queens College-CUNY.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of ten books of poetry, including A Hummock In The Malookas (National Poetry Series), Destroyer and Preserver, A Green Light (shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize) and The Others (Believer Book Award Winner). He teaches at NYU.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center