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BISR Public Conversations: Uses of Poetry

899 Bergen Street
(Between Classon & Franklin)
Brooklyn, NY 11238


How and why do forms of experimental and hybrid writing speak to our current cultural moment—a moment riven with anxieties about politics, power, and identity? Please join us for a public conversation between Brooklyn Institute faculty member and poet Rebecca Ariel Porte and Maureen McLane, author of My Poets and the poetry collections Same Life, World Enough, and This Blue. This conversation will be moderated by Christine Smallwood.


  • Maureen McLane

    Poet and divagator Maureen N. McLane is the author of four books of poetry: Same Life (FSG 2008), World Enough (FSG, 2010), This Blue (FSG, 2014), Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and most recently Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016). Her book My Poets (FSG, 2012)—an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism—was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography.  A professor of English at New York University, she has published two books on British romanticism, as well as numerous essays, reviews, squibs, and screeds.

  • Rebecca Ariel Porte

    Rebecca Ariel Porte holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research, which centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century movements in British and American poetry, concentrates on crossings between early analytic philosophy and modern theories of poetics and aesthetics. Reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and io9, among other publications.

  • Christine Smallwood

    Christine Smallwood holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her reviews and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Bookforum, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine, where she writes the monthly “New Books” column. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, n+1, and Vice. 

Event Schedule

Thursday, 7-10pm
February 02, 2017

This event will be free and open to the public. Suggested donation: $8.


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