New Century Poetics @ Centenary College

If you are going to be around in New Jersey (and since you are attending Rutgers I know you will) you should check out some of these events.  It is a bit of a trek from Newark, but well worth it.

New Century Poetics:
A Poetry Colloquium at Centenary College of New Jersey



October 19-20, 2009

Poet Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award, is the 2009-2010 Gates-Ferry Lecturer at Centenary College of New Jersey. He will read on Monday, October 19 at 8 pm and will participate in our Poetics Colloquium on Tuesday, October 20. The colloquium will offer workshops and panels for a wide range of participants, including educators, students, and the general public.

This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but we request pre-registration.
Please register by completing the attached form, calling (908) 852-1400, ext. 4669, or emailing<>. Please indicate which workshops or panels you plan to attend.


Monday 8 pm -10 pm Reading by Mark Doty with interview by Jared Harel,
followed by reception and book signing

Tuesday: Full Day Colloquium with discussions and workshops on writing and poetics

9:00 – 9:20       Receive colloquium materials; sign in – Seay building

9:30 am – 11:30 am      Workshops and Panels

Material Metaphors: Using Man-Made Things as Metaphors for Natural Ones
with Robert Carnevale, poet and poetics instructor.

Blues Poetics: from Lyrics to Verse
with Jared Harel, poet and Centenary College poetry instructor.

The Art of Poetry and the Poetry of Art: Ekphrasis in the Contemporary Poem
Burt Kimmelman, NJIT, poet and scholar
Basil King, poet and artist
Corinne Robins, Pratt Institute, poet and art historian
Michael Heller, poet and writer
Mark Lamoureux, CUNY, poet and publisher of Cy Gist Press
Therese Halscheid, poet and writer

Panel on Resources and Publication
Peter Murphy, local poetry organizer and poet
Melissa Hotchkiss,  co-editor of Barrow Street, teacher, poet
Laura McCullough, Brookdale CC
Ken Ronkowitz, Passaic County CC – online publishing
Mark Tursi, editor of Double Room, publisher of Apostrophe Books

11:30 am          Break in Seay Front Parlours

11:45 am – 1:00 pm     Round Table with MARK DOTY: Poetry’s Role in Contemporary Culture
Moderated by Mary Newell, Director of Writing at Centenary College and
conference organizer

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Lunch on your own (See dining options in program.)

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm       Workshops and Panels

Practicing Poetry, a writing workshop with Sally Dawidoff, NY poet and teacher.
This workshop is for beginners as well as practiced writers seeking a fresh start.

How to Read a Poem with Laura McCullough, Brookdale CC
Learn skills for interpreting poetry with examples from contemporary writers.

Poetics of Place: New Jersey, the West, and Other Habitats of the Mind
Angela Elliott, Centenary College Professor and Poet-in-Residence
Betsy Andrews, poet
Marcella Durand, poet
Adele Kenny, poet
Madeline Tiger, poet
BJ Ward, poet, Warren County CC faculty

Experimenting with Forms
Lorna Blake, poet, teacher, and editor
Laura Hinton,  CUNY, poet, critic, and publisher
“Mourning and Multi-Media Poetics”
Melissa Hotchkiss, co-editor of Barrow Street, teacher, poet
Kristin Prevallet, poet, Institute for Writing Studies, St John’s University                                                                         “We Sit Like Hot Stones: The Performance of Mourning”
Mark Tursi, editor of Double Room (prose poem journal), publisher of Apostrophe Books
Tiffanie Yanique, Drew University, Asst. Professor of Creative Writing and
Literature; prose poetry; performance

Poetry and Translation: Bridging the Discontinuities
Ed Foster, editor of Talisman, co-editor of Contemporary Turkish Studies,     poet, essayist
Carlos Hernandez Peña, bi-lingual writer, editor, and reading series organizer
Ravi Shankar, poet, Assoc. Professor, editor of and a Norton
anthology of Asian and Middle Eastern poetry
Paul Sohar, poet, translator of Hungarian poetry
Mark Weiss, poet and translator

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm       Open discussion with MARK DOTY in the Seay Front Parlours

6:30                 Readings by participant poets

Notice to NJ Certified Teachers: Full-day attendance will earn 6 professional development hours through the Centenary College Teacher’s Academy. Mention you are a teacher when you register.

Centenary College, 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840    (908) 852-1400
Colloquium Program details forthcoming at <>

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