F257. Poetics Theater: A Textual and Theatrical Performance and Discussion

Room L100 A, Lower Level
Friday, April 10, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


For centuries, major poets have also been playwrights. Modernist poets continued the tradition, exploring the possibilities of theater and its elements. More recently, by experimenting with language in physical, personal, and social bodies, a new generation of poets has been writing a hybrid Poetics Theater, that, like the prose poem, challenges the conventional notions and the expected boundaries of poems and plays. Join us for a unique reading and discussion of Poetics Theater.



Kaveh Bassiri was the recipient of a Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency and Walton Translation Fellowship. His poetry won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and was published in Best New Poets 2011, Virginia Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Mississippi Review.

Rodrigo Toscano is the author of six books of poetry, including Deck of Deeds, and Collapsible Poetics Theater (a 2007 National Poetry Series selection). His writing has appeared in the anthologies, Against Expression and Best American Poetry. He is a labor coordinator for the United Steelworkers.


Joyelle McSweeney is the author of the poetry books Percussion Grenade; The Commandrine; and The Red Bird; and the prose books Salamandrine; 8 GothicsNylund, the Sarcographer; and Flet. She teaches at the University of Notre Dame, edits Action Books, and contributes to the culture blog Montevidayo.

Magus Magnus's books include The Re-echoes, Idylls for a Bare Stage, Heraclitean Pride, and Verb Sap. His Poets Theater work has been performed in New York; Washington, DC; Baltimore; and New Orleans. Three poems and an idyll have been anthologized in Pearson Longman's English textbook, Literature.

Patrick Durgin teaches in three programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: MFA in writing, visual and critical studies, and liberal arts (literature and cultural studies). His books include PQRS and The Route (written with Jen Hofer). He is editor of several works by Hannah Weiner.


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