Rosanna Warren - "So Forth" - Rachel Galvin

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rosanna Warren

Rosanna Warren will discuss So Forth. She will be joined in conversation by Rachel Galvin.

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Program in Creative Writing

Virtual event


About the book: With irony, in mourning tinged with eros, one of our most extraordinary poets blends the personal and the political to meditate on damage, aging, and injustice. The poems in So Forth surge back in memory, pondering guilt and forgiveness. Consciousness flows from singular to plural; identity in these poems does a round dance with other personae, with formidable women artists of the past in the powerful sequence "Legende of Good Women," with pre-Socratic philosophers, and with lovers, children, and strangers--the strangest of whom is the face in the mirror. In response to griefs both historical and contemporary, So Forth contemplates the quest for the holy and traditions of the sacred.

About the author: Rosanna Warren teaches at the University of Chicago. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Departure (2003) and Ghost in a Red Hat (2011). She has published a book of literary criticism and edited a volume of essays about translation, and has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others.

About the interlocutor: Rachel Galvin is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. Her books of poetry include Elevated Threat Level, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Pulleys & Locomotion. She is the translator of Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets, which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation, and co-translator of Decals: Complete Early Poetry of Oliverio Girondo with Harris Feinsod. Her poems and translations appear in journals including Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, PN Review, and Poetry. She is the author of a work of criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945, and a co-founder of Outranspo, an international creative translation collective.

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