S254. UA Poetry Center Presents: Spectacular Poetics & the Poetry of Spectacle

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


If poetry engages with spectacle, why, and in what ways? In this panel, we address increasingly ubiquitous confluences of poetics and spectacle. Is the poet’s task to call attention to bright screens, to celebrity culture, to the many public-facing pleasures and pains of the 21st century? Do poets use spectacle (their understanding of audience, attention, flashing lights) to their advantage? When it comes to spectacle, do we want today’s poets to decry it? Reveal it? Hold it up? Celebrate it?



Hannah Ensor coordinates the Reading and Lecture Series at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. In addition to her role at the Poetry Center, she is a coeditor of textsound.org, an assistant poetry editor for DIAGRAM, and serves as president of the board of Casa Libre en la Solana.

Kimiko Hahn, author of nine poetry collections, finds material from disparate sources—whether black lung disease, the Japanese form zuihitsu, or science as in brain fever. Awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College, CUNY.

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit, Black Peculiar, Fearful Beloved, and I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her verse play won the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writing. She is board chair for Kore Press and works as an editor for a finance company.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden and Mixology. His most recent collection, The Big Smoke, was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He is the Lilly Professor/Poet in  Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington.


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