April 05, 2011

Poet Jerome Rothenberg to Read at CWRU

Poet and editor Jerome Rothenberg, co-founder of the Deep Image poetry movement of the early 1960s, will read from his works and others during the program, “Toward a Global Poetry: A Reading and Discussion.” The free, public event, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Clark Hall 309. 

Rothenberg and poet Robert Kelly spearheaded the Deep Image movement. The new genre of poetry, inspired by works by Frederico Garcia Lorca, was heroic in nature and style.

Rothenberg, now an emeritus professor of visual arts and literature, will discuss changes in poetry and expand the discussion into the global realm with thoughts about the international nature of modern and postmodern poetry. 

He has assumed a key role in expanding poetic literacy beyond national borders and native tongues through translation projects and editing. He has also brought attention to marginalized poets through his work as an editor.

His accomplishments include more than 70 poetry books and pamphlets and 10 anthologies of poetry. Additionally, he has served as editor and co-editor of several magazines.

He has been honored with grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also has received several PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards and PEN Center USA West Translation Awards.

His visit to campus continues the Baker-Nord Center’s yearlong focus on globalism and the role humanities plays by talking about the development of what he has termed “ethnopoetics,” the point at which poetry intersects with linguistics, anthropology and ethnology.

For information, contact Maggie Kaminiski, administrative director of the Baker-Nord Center, at 216.368.2242 or email Maggie.kaminiski@case.edu. Additional information is available at case.edu/humanities.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 5, 2011 08:43 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

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