Repasting the Elegy: Public Mourning

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Tiffany Austin/MMLA
contact email: 

Repasting the Elegy: Public Mourning

For this panel, we seek poets working in the elegy form. More specifically, we seek works of contemporary elegy that challenge the foundational components of the historic elegy. The panel will explore the use of the elegy as praxis for protest, whether by vocalizing unheard voices or advocating social justice issues.  How do you mediate between personal and public lamentations as a form of protest? How do you challenge the historical foundations of the elegy to account for recent political events and personal reactions to them?

Please send an abstract and 3-5 poems reflecting this interstiching of personal and public mourning to Tiffany Austin at tiffanyuaustin@gmail.com by April 15, 2017. Your abstract should include your name, rank, institutional affiliation, and email.

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