Workshop in Poetics

Active Focal Group

The Workshop in Poetics is concerned with the theoretical and practical dimensions of the reading and criticism of poetry. Since it was founded in 2007, the Workshop has been a central venue at Stanford for sharing projects in a general conversation outside of disciplinary and national limits. Its core members are about twenty graduate students, several members of the Stanford faculty, and regular attendees from the Bay Area literary community. Everyone is welcome.

The workshop's main purpose is to offer Ph.D. students a place to present their work in progress in a community of peers and faculty. Not bound by language or period, the group has discussed most of the literatures studied at Stanford.  

Events follow several formats. The most common format is a discussion of work in progress by either a member of the group or a visiting speaker; for these events, the paper under discussion is circulated in advance. Recent speakers have included Karen Emmerich, Stephanie Burt, Jennifer Scappettone, Karen van Dyck, Timothy Hampton, John Kerrigan, and Gregory Jusdanis. Some events address the state of the field, identifying a topic or issue or a recent book for general discussion, often introduced by the author. Another category deals with neglected classics in poetics, usually books or articles that once were widely known but are now seldom found in curricula or criticism.

Student members find the workshop useful because it augments their coursework and dissertation writing with fresh perspectives and an attentive, often challenging community of interlocutors. Many advanced dissertations in the group have been discussed in two meetings, and in principle nearly every chapter by a member can find an occasion to be presented.

In 2010-11 and 2015-16, Roland Greene and Nicholas Jenkins offered a graduate seminar, "Poetics Then and Now," as a formal exploration of the group's interests. In 2019-20, the workshop also hosted "Lunch Poems" (h/t Frank O'Hara), a series of informal lunch meetings dedicated to the discussion of poems selected by participants. Starting in 2020-21, the workshop had a new faculty chair, Professor Marisa Galvez.

To receive event announcements, please join the Poetics Workshop listserv.


Faculty Co-Chairs: Marisa Galvez

Graduate Coordinators: Jonathan Atkins, Katherine Whatley

 

A record of our past events can be viewed here:

Workshop in Poetics - History

 

 

Faculty PIs

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Upcoming Events

December
9
Date
Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Past Events

November
17
Date
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
October
21
Date
Friday, October 21, 2022, 12:00pm
March
4
Date
Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:00am
February
18
Date
Friday, February 18, 2022, 10:00am
January
28
Date
Friday, January 28, 2022, 10:00am - 11:30am
November
19
Date
Friday, November 19, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
November
5
Date
Friday, November 5, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
January
22
Date
Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
March
12
Date
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:15pm
February
20
Date
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:15pm