Author Webinar Series

Thursday April 26, 2018 10-11am EST – Go to Meeting Webinar

Peter Lang's Monthly Morning Discussion for Librarians: April Special Topic - Celebrating National Poetry Month - Speakers, Mark Irwin and Alan J. Malnar

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Mark Irwin author of

Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry

Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry argues that memorable and resonant poetry often distorts form, image, concept, and notions of truth and metaphor. Discussing how changes in electronic communication and artificial notions of landscape have impacted form and content in poetry, Monster redefines the idea of what is memorable and original through a broad range of poets including John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Forrest Gander, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Laura Kasischke, W. S. Merwin, Srikanth Reddy, Donald Revell, Mary Ruefle, Arthur Sze, and James Tate.


Mark Irwin is the author of nine collections of poetry, which include A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: Selected Poems (1987-2014), Large White House Speaking (2013), Tall If (2008), Bright Hunger (2004), White City (2000), Quick, Now, Always (1996), and Against the Meanwhile: Three Elegies (1988). He has also translated Philippe Denis’ Notebook of Shadows and Nichita Stanescu’s Ask the Circle to Forgive You: Selected Poems. His collection of essays, Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry, was published in 2017. His poetry and essays have appeared in many literary magazines including The American Poetry Review, Agni Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, Harper’s, The Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Pleiades, Poetry, The Nation, New England Review, New American Writing, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Southern Review. Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, two Colorado Book Awards, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright, Lilly, and Wurlitzer Foundations. He is a professor in the PhD in Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles and Colorado. His poetry has been translated into several languages.


Alan J. Malnar author of

Voices of the Headland: Robinson Jeffers and the Bird of Prey

Voices of the Headland: Robinson Jeffers and the Bird of Prey explores the image of the raptor in the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Emanating from the continent’s end of the American West, Jeffers’ poetic eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures, and other birds of prey symbolize the compelling presence and voice of nature, a pantheistic universe of beauty and splendor, death and destruction. It is the perilous bird of prey which calls forth the very essence and life-force of Jeffers himself, winging its way through his expansive body of narrative and lyrical verse, a poetry fundamentally anti-social in its vision and primitive in its basic, instinctual surge. Voices of the Headland examines this distinctive imagery from many critical viewpoints.


Dr. Alan J. Malnar was most recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Embry Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona. He is currently teaching courses in cultural studies and literary criticism, using his Peter Lang publication—Voices of the Headland—as his classroom textbook. Dr. Malnar is also slated to teach a one-day poetry workshop entitled “The Poet and the Hawk” at this year’s “Writing the Rockies” conference, to be held at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado. He is currently working on another book entitled The Chicken and the Egg: An Organic Approach to Freshman Composition and Research Studies, which he will use as a classroom textbook for undergraduate writers.


Webinar moderated by Meagan Simpson, Peter Lang Publishing

Meagan Simpson is Acquisitions editor of the Humanities list with Peter Lang Publishing in New York. As Acquisitions Editor for Peter Lang, she acquires scholarly books in the humanities, particularly in literature, history, and religion.


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