This month, the Poetry Coalition, of which the University of Arizona Poetry Center is a founding member, is holding programming on the theme Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, its second annual programming initiative. For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of the body. Programs will include a range of events and publications that address issues including mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care.
Our contribution to this effort has primarily been on our blog, where we've been focusing on trans and non-binary experience. At the Poetry Center, we planned to host Stephanie Burt, but due to unavoidable weather issues, she was unable to make it. Don't worry, we'll be rescheduling her visit. In the meantime, you can visit our library to read some of her work.
Stephanie (also Stephen and Steph) Burt is the author of three poetry collections, Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music, and several collections of critical works. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works include Advice from the Lights; The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them; The Art of the Sonnet; Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler; The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry; Parallel Play: Poems; Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; and Randall Jarrell and His Age. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer, and the Boston Review.
Here are some of Stephanie's books available to read here at the Poetry Center: