R218. The Fate of the Poet: Shuttling between Solitude and Engagement

Room L100 B&C, Lower Level
Thursday, April 9, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Four poets representing varied cultural, aesthetic, and geographic compass points address important concerns for writers seeking to engage both the primacy of the individual imagination and the civic and political urgencies of our time, unfurling at incredible speed. This panel aims to help writers gain a clearer understanding of the complementary and competing pressures on writers who struggle to maintain fealty to both individual sensibilities and the demands of global citizenship.



Rigoberto González is the author of thirteen books. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is associate professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.

David Biespiel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Charming Gardeners and The Book of Men and Women. A Long High Whistle: Reflections on Poetry is forthcoming. He writes the Poetry Wire column for the Rumpus and is president of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland.

Wendy Willis is a poet, essayist, and lawyer. She teaches poetry at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon and serves as the executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative at Portland State University. Her first book of poems is Blood Sisters of the Republic.

Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently Rough Likeness (essays) and King Baby (poems). Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is writer in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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