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Saturday, May 5 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 222: Boston University Poets & the Lineage of the Confessional Poem LIMITED

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Over the decades, generations of poets have taught and learned in Room 222 of 236 Bay State Road, at Boston University: from Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath to Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, and Louise Gluck. Our panel of poets and writers, who are also graduates of the BU Creative Writing Program (from the same class of 2000), will trace the lines of the so-called "confessional" style of poetry, to illuminate its origins in that small writing room all those years ago, as well as explore its various branches and departures through time, while seeking to answer these two, overarching questions: how has the confessional style evolved, and is it still relevant today?

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Frederick Speers

Frederick Speers’ first book of poems, So Far Afield (from Nomadic Press 2017) is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of gay poetry. He is the founding editor of Jam Tarts Literary Magazine, and the first recipient of the Thoreau Fellowship from the Vermont Studio... Read More →

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Rachel E DeWoskin

Prof/Novelist, University of Chicago
Rachel DeWoskin’s fifth book, the novel Second Circus, will be published by Penguin in Spring, 2018. Her critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is a Library Guild and an Illinois Reads selection. Her novel Big Girl Small (FSG, 2011), received the... Read More →
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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur's collections include Women in the Waiting Room, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, which won the Antivenom Poetry Award. Her work’s appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, and Prairie Schooner. She’s an editor for the Beloit Poetry... Read More →
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Jacob Strautmann

Jacob Strautmann's first book of poems The Land of the Dead is Open for Business is forthcoming in Spring 2020 from Four Way Books, and he was awarded a 2018 Massachusetts Poetry Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio, The Harlequin... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Salem Waterfront Hotel, Compass Room