Northwestern University

Tue 5:00 PM

Poetry and Poetics Colloquium: Erica Hunt and Harryette Mullen

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: University Hall, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Kathy Daniels   847.491.7294

Group: English Department

Category: Academic


The Poetry and Poetics Colloquium presents a Kreeger Wolf reading and workshop by Erica Hunt and Harryette Mullen. 

Reading Tuesday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m., University Hall 201

Workshop Wedenday, February 6 at 12:00 in University Hall 201

Erica Hunt works at the forefront of experimental poetry and poetics, critical race theory, and feminist aesthetics.  She has written three books of poetry: Arcade, with artist Alison Saar, Piece Logic, and Local History (Roof Books, 1993). Her published and forthcoming essays include “Notes for an Oppositional Poetics” (The Politics of Poetic Form, ed. Charles Bernstein), “Parabolay” (Boundary 2), and “Roots of the Black Avant Garde” (Tripwire).  Hunt’s poems can be found in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (ed. Mary Margaret Sloan), Iowa Poetry Review, and the Virago Anthology of Women’s Love Poetry.  She is often associated with the group of Language poets from her days living in San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 80s, but her work is also considered central to the avant garde black aesthetic that developed after the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. Through the 1990s and 2000s, Hunt worked with several non‐profits that encourage black philanthropy for black communities and causes. Hunt has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and program officer for a social justice campaign.  From 1999 to 2010, she was executive director of The Twenty-First Century Foundation which supports organizations addressing root causes of social injustice effecting the Black community. 


Harryette Mullen is professor of English at UCLA and the author of seven books of poetry, a book of criticism, and several short stories and essays.   She has received a Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry, a Katherine Newman Award for best essay on U.S. ethnic literature, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.  Her books include Tree Tall Woman (1981), Trimmings (1991), S*PeRM**K*T (1992), Muse & Drudge (1995)—the latter three of which were collected into her most recent book, Recyclopedia (Graywolf, 2006) which received a PEN Beyond Margins Award.  In 2002, she published both Blues Baby: Early Poems and Sleeping with the Dictionary (2002), a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry.  Mullen is also credited with rediscovering the novel Oreo, published in 1974 by Fran Ross.  Mullen won the fourth annual Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers in 2010.  Her work has been influenced by the social, political, and cultural movements of African Americans, Mexican Americans, and women in the 1960s-70s, including Civil Rights, Black Power, the Black Arts Movement, Movimiento Chicano, and feminism.


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