F240. Poets Writing the Holocaust: The New Generation

Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Theodore Adorno famously claimed: “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” yet many poets are still compelled to do so. Second- and third-generation poets share their writing on the Holocaust and reflect on temporal and experiential distances that challenge writing on this topic. How does the generational gap affect how the Holocaust is treated in contemporary poetry? What trials, tensions, and generative possibilities does writing about the Holocaust involve for today’s poets?



Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, and is coauthor of Writing Poems, 8th ed. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Michael Homolka is the author of Antiquity. He works as a part-time instructor at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity in New York City.

Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry books, most recently: Manual for Living, Whirlwind, and Burn and Dodge, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She directs Writing About Art in Barcelona and The Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Allison Benis White is the author of Please Bury Me in This, Small Porcelain Head (selected by Claudia Rankine for the Levis Prize in Poetry), and Self-Portrait with Crayon. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Maya Pindyck is the author of the poetry collections Emoticoncert and Friend Among Stones, and a chapbook, Locket, Master. A doctoral candidate at Columbia University's Teachers College, she lives and teaches in New York City.


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