Bard of Pittsburgh: A Roundtable on Gerald Stern (NeMLA 18)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Darla Himeles, Temple University
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Born in Pittsburgh in 1925, Gerald Stern is one of America’s most prominent, vibrant, and idiosyncratic contemporary poets. He is the author of eighteen collections of poetry (most recently Galaxy Love, W.W. Norton, 2017) and four collections of essays (most recently Death Watch, Trinity UP, 2017) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Wallace Stevens Award and the 2014 Frost Medal. He has established himself as a distinctive voice that is accessible and sophisticated, gregarious and visionary. This roundtable will provide a lively critical examination of Stern’s work from a variety of perspectives and then invite discussion. 

Please submit proposals for focused (10 minute) commentaries on any aspect of Stern’s work at the NeMLA portal: Possible foci might include: Stern’s intersections with the landscape(s) of Pittsburgh; his essays; his love poems; ecopoetic concerns; the Sternian sonnet; genealogical connections (influences on and of Stern’s work); recurrent images and/or metaphors; voice; political engagement; cultural, religious, and/or historical engagement with Jewish themes; transnational issues in his work; or examinations of any other facet of Stern’s poetics. Presenters are encouraged to offer close reading, insightful commentary, and provocative questions.

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