Power in the Profane: The Politics of Poetry
April 5th and 6th
Roger Reeves Poetry Reading,
Collis Common Ground, April 5th
LALACS House Basement, April 6th
(Poetry submission requested, please see details below)
As part of Dartmouth Centers Forum’s programming, “Words and Their Consequences,” Roger Reeves, a poet, playwright, and literary scholar is coming to Dartmouth College to read from his upcoming book, King Me. Reeves work explores the tension and ethics of lyricizing personal, historic, and social traumas. Through the adoption of personas that range from a horse witnessing the lynching of Emmett Till to Mikhail Bulgakov chronicling the forced famines in Poland in the 1930s to a brother tending to his manic depressive sister, Reeves’s work examines the erotics of care and the place of song, elegy, and praise as testaments to those moments. The violence of poverty, gender, and race combine with traditional themes of loss, familial and romantic love, and identity as an act of recovering the traumatized body. Reeves’s poetry has garnered awards and fellowships such as a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, given to poets under 30 by the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Reeves’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming from literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, the Boston Review, Gulf Coast, among others. Currently, he is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As part of the trip, Reeves will lead a workshop for students on April 6th which will culminate in student reading given to the Dartmouth community after the workshop. Students can apply by sending 3 to 5 poems with a short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received ASAP.
All events are open to Dartmouth College students. Please come out and bring a friend. And please forward to any organizations or people that you think might be interested.
We look forward to seeing you for this wonderful event.
Christopher A. Loperena
Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas, Austin
African Diaspora Program, Social Anthropology
2011-2012 César Chávez Fellow, Dartmouth College
Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies