The SMU Symposium on Poetic Form at Bridwell Library, March 18 & 19

SMU Symposium on Poetic Form Broadside

Access the Symposium Program online.

Monday, March 18 & Tuesday, March 19 at Bridwell Library

Registration for the event can be completed online.

SMU’s English Department and Bridwell Library invite you and your guests to the SMU Symposium on Poetic Form, Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19, 2024.  Scholars and poets will gather on the SMU campus for two full days to discuss poetic form in practice and theory. Panels will consider topics such as Renaissance, eighteenth-century, and nineteenth-century poetics, the sonnet, “uncreative writing,” and prosody. The Historical Poetics Reading Group will discuss Francis Barton Gummere’s The Beginnings of Poetry. Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, will give a reading and join Virginia Jackson in a conversation about poetry. Registration for the event is encouraged but not required. The full schedule of events and event details, including all speakers, times, and locations, can be found in the Symposium Program.


Keynote Poet

Jericho Brown

Keynote Scholar

Jonathan Culler, “Lyric Form in Contemporary Poetry”

Plenary Panels

Jahan Ramazani, Evie Shockley, Maureen McLane,

Anthony Reed, Stephanie Burt, and Virginia Jackson

In Creative Conversation

Jericho Brown and Virginia Jackson