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“Stunned into a Poem by a Fact”: A Craft Talk on Poetry and Research with Nicky Beer, 2016 Mary Wood Fellow


Date: 4:30pm EDT April 12, 2016

This event is part of our series supported by the 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship.

Though poetry is often considered, as William Wordsworth called it, “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” contemporary poetics have made a compelling case for the use of research in the poet’s work. This craft talk will address aesthetic, cultural, and political ramifications of incorporating scientific and historic research into poetry, and celebrate what Linda Bierds refers to as the phenomenon of being “stunned into writing a poem by a fact.” 

Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015) and The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2010), winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also co-edits the literary journal Copper Nickel