Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, numerous writers and artists from Federico Garc
The Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Working Group (CPPWG) reads poems. We read old books of poetry and new books of poetry, but mostly the newest ones. Our discussions are aimed at understanding what poets are producing now, and why their work looks (and sounds and feels) the way it does.
The African American Literature Working Group seeks to consider a more expansive approach to the African American literary tradition beyond its literary import and contributions. We approach literature as a lens to analyze the development of the American social landscape, particularly by foregrounding the interrelationships among literary, historical, cultural and political components of American society. Our aim is to reconsider the contributions of African American literature to American culture and