R255. Just Saying: A Tribute to Rae Armantrout

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four author-critics approach Armantrout’s work from a variety of angles, including her association with Language poetry, her exploration of science through verse, her treatment of pop culture and current events, and her merging of everyday experience with epistemological questions about perception.



Stephen (sometimes Stephanie) Burt, professor of English at Harvard, is the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, including Belmont, Parallel Play, Close Calls with Nonsense, The Forms of Youth, All-Season Stephanie, and Why I Am Not a Toddler.

Amy Catanzano is the author of three books of poetry and cross-genre work including Starlight in Two-Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella and Multiversal, recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. An assistant professor at Wake Forest University, she directs the creative writing program.

Catherine Wagner is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Nervous Device, and her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and elsewhere. She directs the creative writing BA and MA programs at Miami University in Ohio.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (forthcoming), Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She currently teaches poetry at Princeton University and at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Rae Armantrout's most recent book of poems is Itself. An earlier book, Versed, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2015, she received the Levinson Prize from Poetry. Her poems appear in numerous anthologies. She is professor emeritus at UC San Diego.


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