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.

 

Workshop in Poetics Winter Quarter Schedule:

  • Thursday, February 1 - Prof. Jane Mikkelson (Yale), The Freedom of Being Earthbound: Fayzi’s Planetary Poetics
  • Thursday, February 29 - Prof. Virginia Jackson (UCI), What is Poetry?
  • Thursday, March 14 - Fernando Martínez Periset (Stanford), Stoicism in Early Modern Poetry

All events will be held on Thursdays, 4-6pm in Room 216, Pigott Hall (Building 216)

 

A record of our past events can be viewed here:

Workshop in Poetics - History

 

 

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Upcoming Events

June
7
Date
Friday, June 7, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Past Events

April
25
Date
Thursday, April 25, 2024, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February
29
Date
Thursday, February 29, 2024, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February
1
Date
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
November
30
Date
Thursday, November 30, 2023, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
November
16
Date
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
October
19
Date
Thursday, October 19, 2023, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June
2
Date
Friday, June 2, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
February
10
Date
Friday, February 10, 2023, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
January
13
Date
Friday, January 13, 2023, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
December
9
Date
Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:30pm - 1:30pm