Friday, April 15, 2005

CFP: Poetry in Public Culture Panel

CFP: Poetry in Public Culture Panel

As part of the conference:
Giving Attention: Writers, Scholars, Theorists
University of Denver (10/7/05 through 10/9/05)
Plenary speakers: Anne Carson and Marjorie Perloff

Proposals are invited for papers addressing the topic of Poetry in Public Culture. How is poetry reaching popular audiences, and what are the implications of such popularity? What is the public role of the poet-critic, and how can poetry and theory marry in public culture? Has poetry's recent presence in mainstream media and performance venues changed how we understand the educational, political, aesthetic, or social
functions of verse?

Although proposals about all historical periods will be considered, it is anticipated that this panel will primarily focus on contemporary poetry. Papers that address the intersection between creative writing and
criticism are especially welcomed.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
* Poetry in public spaces (Poetry in motion, billboards, and guerilla poetry projects)
* The role of the poet-critic in public culture
* Poetry and journalism
* Performance and poetry in public spaces (poetry slams, open mics, and other readings)
* Poetry in contemporary media (film, TV, video, audio)
* Poetry and Habermas's public sphere
* The spoken word movement and public culture
* Poetry in youth outreach programs
* Public acts of poetry's criticism or appreciation

Send a 250-word abstract via e-mail by Wednesday, April 27 to Susan
Somers-Willett,; please note any audio-visual equipment
needs in your proposal.

If accepted, each panel member must pay a $30 registration fee for the conference by July 1. To learn more about the conference, visit the Giving Attention CFP: