R237. The Lyric Narrative: Telling Stories in Poems

Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Postmodern suspicion of narratives doesn’t avert the need for them, but prompts other strategies to get the stories told. We all have tales that are best told musically—including outpourings of feeling that can't be shuttered in tiny poetic frames. Five poets each have imagined novel solutions in long sustained poetic sequences. Two have written book-length chronicles; others write extended prose poems. The poets share how they craft narrative arts to fit compelling lyric subjects.



Brad Crenshaw has authored four poetry collections: Genealogies; My Gargantuan Desire; Propagandas; and Limits of Resurrection. He has published eleven articles in literary criticism & theory, and three articles in neuroscience. He earned an MFA and PhD in English from UCI; he earned a second PhD in neuroscience.

Robin Becker’s eight books of poems include Tiger Heron in the Pitt Poetry Series. Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at Penn State, Becker received fellowships from the Bunting Institute at Harvard, the Mass Cultural Council, and the NEA. She edits poetry for the Women's Review of Books.

Laurel Blossom is the author of six works of poetry, the latest of which are two book-length narrative prose poems, Degrees of Latitude and Longevity. Laurel is the first ever Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina.

Christine Kitano is the author of the poetry collections Birds of Paradise and Sky Country (forthcoming). She is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature. Her awards include an Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer's Center.

Derek McKown is a widely published poet and essayist, receiving his MFA from Syracuse University and PhD from Texas Tech University. Over the past twenty years, he has taught at universities and colleges in California, Texas, and New York. Presently he teaches at Ithaca College.


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