Workshop Schedule


Rooms announced 1 week prior via the listserv, and on the website.

Thursday October 27 | 5-6:30pm CT, Logan Center 801 | Chicago Review
Chicago Review Presents: Rosa Alcalá, Brian Blanchfield & Jessi Gaston
Poetry and Poetics is delighted to be supporting and co-running, along with support from the Department of English, Romance Languages and Literatures, Creative Writing, MAPH, and the Karla Scherer Center, the concluding event of Chicago Review’s 75th anniversary celebrations: an evening of poetry readings and refreshments with poets Rosa Alcalá, Brian Blanchfield, and Jessi Gaston.

Thursday November 3 | 4:30-6pm CT | Natalie Cortez Klossner
PhD Student, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
Adaptations of Andean Myths

Thursday November 17 | 4:30-6pm CT | Isak Saaf
MAPH Student, University of Chicago
AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS: Mayakovsky Translations

Thursday December 1 | 4:30-6pm CT | Jennifer Scappettone
Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago
from Poetry After Barbarism: Fascism, the Xenoglossic Word, & the Invention of a Motherless Tongue



some events virtual—see individual events for details
Thursday April 21 | 4:30-6pm CT | Jack Chelgren
PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
Mining the Representable: Vallejo’s El Tungsteno and Rukeyser’s Book of the Dead
Thursday May 12 | 4:30-6pm CT | Cecily Chen
PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“Why Not Feel Even Better?”: selections from Yin Lichuan trans. Cecily Chen
Wednesday May 18 | 2:30-4pm CT | Jackqueline Frost

Poet and Researcher, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (CNRS/ENS) Paris (virtual)

Wednesday May 25 | 4:30-6pm CT | Edgar Garcia
Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago
from “The Art of Exception: Caravaggio and the Americas”


Friday May 27 | 4-7pm CT | Chicago Review 75th Anniversary Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion: Chicagoland Poets
Reading featuring: Ed Roberson, Lisa Fishman, Margaret Ross, Chris Glomski, John Wilkinson, and avery r. young
Panel Discussion moderated by Srikanth Reddy and Liesl Olson



Thursday January 20 | 4:30-6:00pm CT | Steven Zultanski
selections from Relief
Thursday January 27 | 4:30-6pm CT | Wendy Lotterman
PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU, 2021-22 fellow at the Center for the Humanities
selections from A Reaction to Someone Coming In
Thursday February 17 | 4:30-6:00pm CT | Jessie Alperin
 PhD Student, Social Thought, University of Chicago
“Shadow and Scent: The Sensual Aesthetics of the Armpit in Paul Verlaine and Pierre Bonnard’s Parallèlement
Thursday February 24| 4:30-6pm CT | Clara Nizard 
PhD student, Social Thought, UChicago 
Thursday March 3| 4:30-6pm CT | Simone White
University of Pennsylvania



some events virtual—see individual events for details
Thursday November 4 | 4:30-6:00pm CT | Ada Smailbegović
Associate Professor, Brown University
Fibers: Edge Textures and Nonhuman Scales of Sense
Thursday November 11 | TBD CT | Joe Luna
University of Sussex
Thursday November 18 | 4:30-6:00pm CT | James A. Garwood-Cole
 PhD Student,English, University of Chicago
Thursday December 3 4:30-6pm CT | Abigail Taubman 
MFA Candidate, Visual Arts, UChicago 


~if you have questions about how to attend, please contact Kirsten Ihns at or James A. Garwood-Cole at


all events virtual
Tuesday April 13 12-1:30pm CT | Derek Attridge
Emeritus Professor, English and Related Literature, University of York
Untranslatability and the Challenge of World Literature: A South African Example
Tuesday April 27 4:30-6pm CT | Kirsten Ihns
PhD candidate, English, University of Chicago
Flash Objects: A Poetics of Perception in Late Henry James
Friday, May 7 12:00-1:30pm CT | A Roundtable on Sri Lankan Poetry & Poetry Anthology 

 Cosponsored by COSAS and the Comparative Literature Department

Vidyan Ravinthiran, anthology co-editor, Associate Professor, Harvard University
Seni Seneviratne, anthology co-editor, poet, performer, singer and creative artist
Shash Trevett, anthology co-editor, author of From a Borrowed Land (Smith|Doorstop, 2021)
Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor, UChicago
Tuesday, May 18 4:30-6pm CT | Jack Kerkering 
Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago 
Aestheticist Poetics in The Awakening
Tuesday May 25 4:30-6pm CT | Chris Clarke
PhD candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago 
The Poetics of Dying Young: Dual Rhythmic Agon in Some Songs


~if you have questions about how to attend, please contact Kirsten Ihns at



all events virtual
January 25th, 10am CT | Hannes Bajohr
Sequence and Connection: Two Paradigms of Digital Literature and the Need for a Critique of AI Works
Joint session with the Digital Media Workshop
February 4th, 3pm CT | Kerry Balden
MA Candidate, University of Chicago
Discussion of Notes for a Non-Aristotelian Aesthetic by Fernando Pessoa (Álvaro de Campos)
Joint session with the Literature & Philosophy Workshop
February 16, 4:30pm CT | Tongo Eisen-Martin 
New Poems
March 10, 5pm CT | Alexis Chema 
Assistant Professor, English, University of Chicago 
“Hyper-Lyric Diction” Cambridge Companion to the Poem
Joint session with the 18th/19th Century Literature Workshop
March 16th, 4:30pm CT | Cecily Chen
PhD Student, English & Gender Studies, University of Chicago 




Poetry & Poetics Workshop Schedule, Fall Quarter 2020 (all events virtual)


10/13 Tuesday 4:30-6pm CT
DIANA KHOI NGUYEN: “Would That: Transmutation, Transformation, and Tracing the Lines of Possibility”


10/27 Tuesday 4:30-6pm CT


11/10 Tuesday 4:30-6pm CT
GABRIEL OJEDA-SAGUÉ: “On Loss, on Loss Writing, and Our Formal Living”


11/18 Wednesday 4:30-6pm CT


if you have questions about how to attend, please contact Kirsten Ihns at