March 2018

Thursday, 3/1

Friday, 3/2

Saturday, 3/3

Sunday, 3/4

Monday, 3/5

Tuesday, 3/6

Wednesday, 3/7

Thursday, 3/8

Friday, 3/9

Saturday, 3/10

Sunday, 3/11

Monday, 3/12

Tuesday, 3/13

Wednesday, 3/14

Thursday, 3/15

The Odyssey: a new translation

A conversation with Professor Emily Wilson

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

RSVP: wh@writing.upenn.edu or 215-746-POEM

Published by Norton in November 2017, Emily Wilson’s line-for-line iambic pentameter version of The Odyssey is the first English translation by a woman. It has been called “a lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s 'nimble gallop' and brings an ancient epic to new life."

Emily Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory. She has a BA from Oxford in Classics, an M. Phil., also from Oxford, in English Literature (1500-1660), and a Ph.D. from Yale in Classics and Comparative Literature. Her first book was Mocked with Death: Tragic overliving from Sophocles to Milton (Johns Hopkins, 2004). Her second book was The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (Harvard UP 2007). Her third was Seneca: A Life(also published in the US as The Greatest Empire: Penguin/ OUP USA, 2015). She has published verse translations of Seneca's tragedies (Oxford World's Classics), Euripides (The Greek Plays, Modern Library Random House), and The Odyssey (Norton, fall 2017). Other publications include various chapters and articles on the reception of classical literature in English literature, and reviews in the TLS and LRB. She is the classics editor for the revised Norton Anthology of World Literature, and Western Literature.

Friday, 3/16

Saturday, 3/17

Sunday, 3/18

Lunch with Sara Nović

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu or 215-573-9748
co-sponsored by: The Creative Writing Program
hosted by: Beth Kephart

Sara Nović is the author of the novel Girl at War (Random House), which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, an American Library Association Alex Award Winner, and has been translated into 13 languages. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Stockton University and lives in Philadelphia.


Monday, 3/19

Tuesday, 3/20

A conversation with poet Sally Von Doren

Hosted by Al Filreis

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu or call (215) 746-POEM

Sally Van Doren, poet and artist, is the author of three poetry collections, Promise, (LSU Press 2017) Possessive, (2012) and Sex at Noon Taxes (2008) which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Washington University and in the St. Louis Public schools. A curator for the St. Louis Poetry Center, she posts daily excerpts from her ongoing poem, The Sense Series, via Instagram @sallyvandoren.


Wednesday, 3/21

Thursday, 3/22

Friday, 3/23

Saturday, 3/24

Sunday, 3/25

Monday, 3/26

Reading by Bernadette Mayer

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program

6:30 PM in the Arts Cafe

Bernadette Mayer is an experimental poet, editor, and teacher associated with the New York School writers. For decades her work has brought formal experimentalism into the realm of the domestic by exploring, expanding and exploding what "the domestic" even is. Mayer has also created much-adopted syllabi and exercises to support the teaching of reading and writing, the best known of these being her journal ideas and writing experiments. She regularly taught workshops at St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York City throughout the 70s, and from 1980 - 1984 served as the director. Mayer was also a great publisher and editor of her contemporaries, through 0 to 9 co-edited with Vito Acconci, and United Artists Books and the associated magazine from 1977 - 1983. She has published over 20 books of poetry including Midwinter Day, Sonnets, and most recently, Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words, a collection of her early books. In 2015 Mayer was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

RSVP REQUIRED: whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

Tuesday, 3/27

Brunch with Bernadette Mayer

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program

10:00 AM in the Arts Cafe

Bernadette Mayer is an experimental poet, editor, and teacher associated with the New York School writers. For decades her work has brought formal experimentalism into the realm of the domestic by exploring, expanding and exploding what "the domestic" even is. Mayer has also created much-adopted syllabi and exercises to support the teaching of reading and writing, the best known of these being her journal ideas and writing experiments. She regularly taught workshops at St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York City throughout the 70s, and from 1980 - 1984 served as the director. Mayer was also a great publisher and editor of her contemporaries, through 0 to 9 co-edited with Vito Acconci, and United Artists Books and the associated magazine from 1977 - 1983. She has published over 20 books of poetry including Midwinter Day, Sonnets, and most recently, Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words, a collection of her early books. In 2015 Mayer was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

RSVP REQUIRED: whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

Wednesday, 3/28

Thursday, 3/29

Friday, 3/30

Saturday, 3/31