Two Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty members are hosting a day-long symposium on March 31 to celebrate the diverse voices of poets writing in the new century. The lineup of readings, panel discussions, and student discussion sessions, features eight guest poets including Roger Sedarat, Tracy K. Smith and Ravi Shankar, as well as faculty poets Cathy Park Hong, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Vijay Seshadri. All events will be held in the Heimbold Auditorium. For more information please call (914) 395-2412.
“The Race & Poetry Symposium will highlight and explore poetry that addresses culture, ethnicity, language, dislocation, education, image and self-perception,” says curator and co-host, Jeffrey McDaniel.
In addition to reading, guest poets Sean Thomas Dougherty, Eric Gamalinda, Paisley Rekdal Roger Sedarat, Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith and Edwin Torres will participate in two panel discussions. “Excavating the Muse” will focus on how writers address the complexities, challenges, and joys associated with writing across race and culture. In “A Public Presence,” writers discuss how they’ve formed new communities and participated in movements that have shaped the American writing landscape as well as how they began getting their work into the world.
The Symposium is sponsored by the Dean of the College’s Office, The President’s Office, The Diane Leslie Fund, and Student Affairs.
Program Race & Poetry Symposium: Writing the American Landscape
Saturday, March 31 2007
Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Sarah Lawrence College
Attendance is free.
12:00 - 1:00 Reading with Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Edwin Torres
1:15 - 2:15 Panel on “Excavating the Muse” with Sean Thomas Dougherty, Eric Gamalinda, Cathy Park Hong, Vijay Seshadri, Tracy K. Smith, Edwin Torres
2:30 - 3:30 Reading with Sean Thomas Dougherty, Eric Gamalinda, Paisley Rekdal, Roger Sedarat
3:45 - 4:45 Panel on “A Public Presence” with Thomas Sayers Ellis, Paisley Rekdal, Roger Sedarat, Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith
5:00 - 5:45 Breakout sessions led by Sarah Lawrence faculty
6:00 Dinner break
8:00 - 9:30 Rapid-fire reading featuring guest poets and Sarah Lawrence faculty