At Home in America?: Perspectives from Poetry with Dan Alter, Erika Meitner, Daniel Khalastchi and Todd Hasak-Lowy

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Dan Alter, Erika Meitner, and Daniel Khalastchi

Join us for a panel discussion with Dan Alter, Erika Meitner, and Daniel Khalastchi on At Home in America?: Perspectives from Poetry. They will be joined in conversation by Todd Hasak-Lowy.

Presented in partnership with The Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies

This event will be held in-person at the University of Chicago Department of Classics. Masks are recommended but not required.

About the panelists: Dan Alter’s poems and reviews have been published in journals including Field, Fourteen Hills, Pank, and Zyzzyva; his first collection My Little Book of Exiles won the Poetry Prize for the 2022 Anne and Robert Cowan Writers Awards. He is a former fellow of the Arad Arts Project, and a member of the Community of Writers at Olympic Valley. He lives with his wife and daughter in Berkeley and makes his living as an IBEW electrician. 

Daniel Khalastchi is an Iraqi Jewish American. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is the author of three books of poetry—Manoleria (Tupelo Press), Tradition (McSweeney’s), and American Parables (University of Wisconsin Press, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, The Believer Logger, Colorado Review, Granta, The Iowa Review, and Best American Experimental Writing. Daniel has taught advanced writing, literature, and publishing courses at Augustana College, Marquette University, and the University of Iowa, most recently as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives in Iowa City where he directs the University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Writing. He is the cofounder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

Erika Meitner is the author of six books of poems, including Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010)—a 2009 National Poetry Series winner; Copia (BOA Editions, 2014); and Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Her poems have been published most recently in The New Yorker, Orion, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, Poetry, and elsewhere. Meitner is currently a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her newest book, Useful Junk, was published by BOA Editions in April 2022.

About the moderator: Todd Hasak-Lowy is the author of numerous books, including the short story collection The Task of This Translator (Harcourt, 2005), the novel Captives (Spiegel & Grau, 2008), and a history of nonviolent activism for young readers, We Are Power (Abrams, 2020).  His writing has been translated into over fifteen languages.  His translation of Asaf Schurr’s novel, Motti, won the 2013 Risa Domb/Porjes Hebrew-English Translation Prize. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Event Location: 
University of Chicago Department of Classics
1010 E 59th St
Chicago, IL 60637