University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Poetry and Race Symposium

October 5, 2018

Poetry has long been a crucial space for constructing and deconstructing racial identities. What can we learn about race from poetry, and poetry from race? How do national and transnational conversations about poetry and race intersect and diverge? Representing a variety of specializations, distinguished poets and scholars including Lorna Goodison, the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, will compare insights into these and other questions.


Friday, October 5, 2018
Wilson Hall, Room 142


Featured speakers include:
-J. Edward Chamberlin:
-Lorna Goodison:
-Tsitsi Jaji:
-Urayoán Noel:
-Josephine Park:
-Evie Shockley:
-Nathan Suhr-Sytsma:


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Please join us for the talks, discussion, and reception afterwards.

Homer Statue
Wilson Hall 142
10:00 am - 5:00 pm