F169. Ergo Sum Game: Poetry as Philosophical Foray

Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Five poets, each of whose poetry is informed by philosophical or critical inquiry, take on a topic that informs their thinking, their feeling, and their work. Each poet will present an essence (Ambivalence, Apology, Oblivion, Reverence, and Sentimentality) and discuss its presence in critical or philosophical thinking, in the work of an influential (and influencing) poet, and in her or his own poems. Join us as we explore how a bewitched intelligence works within and towards poetry.



Michael Morse has published poems in American Poetry Review, A Public Space, jubilatSpinning Jenny, and in The Best American Poetry 2012. His first book, Void and Compensation, will be out in 2015. He teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City.

Catherine Barnett has received the 2012 James Laughlin Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Pushcart. The author of The Game of Boxes and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, she is the visiting poet at Barnard College and teaches at the New School and NYU.

Mary Szybist is the author of Granted, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and Incarnadine. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Kevin Prufer is the author most recently of Churches, In a Beautiful Country, and National Anthem. He is editor-at-large of Pleiades, co-director of the Unsung Masters Series, and professor at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

Joy Katz's new collection is All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist. Her awards include fellowships from the NEA, MacDowell, and Stanford’s Stegner program. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh and she is currently at work on Frayed, a book about race.


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