John Wilkinson - "Ghost Nets" - Srikanth Reddy - Creative Writing

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

John Wilkinson discusses Ghost Nets. He will be joined in conversation by Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy.

Co-sponsored by Creative Writing

At the Co-op


About the book: Ghost Nets is the first US collection by John Wilkinson, and collects poems written after his move across the Atlantic in 2005 with the exception of the previously-published book-length works Down to Earth and Reckitt’s Blue. Ranging from brief lyrics to elaborately-structured long poems, the collection displays the intense musicality, syntactical intricacy and affective power characteristic of his poetry. But the political, social and economic crises of the period in the US shape Wilkinson’s writing in new ways, more vulnerable and more evidently responsive to others’ vulnerability.

About the author: John Wilkinson is a British poet who has had two distinct careers, in mental health services in the UK as a nurse, social worker, and policy maker, and subsequently as a university teacher in the US where he now chairs Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Chicago. In historical, critical and reference works, John Wilkinson’s writing has come to be treated as a major force in recent British poetry.

About the interlocutor: Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy is a poet and scholar working at the intersection of creative and critical practice in the humanities.  In addition to teaching in the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, he also work closely with the university's Program in Poetry and Poetics--an interdisciplinary collective of scholars, poets, and translators who work on poetry across a diversity of regions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches.

About the co-sponsor: Students at Chicago pursue creative writing within the larger context of academic study. While the purpose of the program is, above all, to give students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers, it differs from the professional, free-standing creative writing programs at other universities in seeing itself as an integral part of the university’s intellectual life, and most particularly in providing opportunities for interdisciplinary work. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637