Harvard English Graduate Symposium

Go Ad Symposium

Lunch // 12:30-1:15pm

Welcoming Remarks // 1:15-1:30pm

“Going ad locum: Observation as Method” // 1:30-2:15pm
with Eliza Holmes + Teresa Trout

“Going ad archivum: Methods for Manuscripts” // 2:15-3:00pm
with Samuel Diener + Isabel Duarte-Gray

Coffee Break // 3:00-3:15

“Going ad machinam: Online Objects/Methods // 3:15-4:00pm
with Ceci Mancuso + Tess McNulty

Closing Remarks // 4:00-4:15pm

Register for catered lunch here. Visit the Symposium website here.

The Handmaid’s Tale Marathon Reading

A Reading in Honor of Elizabeth Bishop and the Arion Press

A Reading in Honor of Elizabeth Bishop and the Arion Press 

The Department of English and the Arion Press are hosting an exhibit and a reading celebrating the publication of The Little of Our Earthly Trust (Arion Press 2016), an edition of the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop selected and introduced by Helen Vendler and with twenty-four prints by John Newman.

Readers include Frank Bidart, Helen Vendler, Peter Sacks and Andrew Hoyem, Publisher, Arion Press.

The exhibit will feature fourteen limited-edition poetry books from the Arion Press with Introductions by Helen Vendler and accompanying art by Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Richard Diebenkorn, R. B. Kitaj, Sol Lewitt, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Willem de Kooning, Julian Lethbridge, Wendy Artin, John Newman, William Blake, Barry Moser, and others.

A reception will follow the reading.

Barker Center | Thompson Room


Writers in the Parlor: Fact and Fiction

Senior Thesis Writing Workshop

Morris Gray Poetry Reading featuring Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Half-Light: Collected Poems (2017), Metaphysical Dog, which won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other books include Watching the Spring FestivalStar DustDesire, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965—90. He is also the co-editor of the Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. His many awards and honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Paris Review’s first Bernard F. Conners Prize for “The War of Vaslav Nijinsky” in 1981. From 2003 to 2009, Bidart served as a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.


Stratis Haviaris Reading Featuring Joanna Klink & Monica Youn

Joanna Klink is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin 2015). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now and The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, The Bogliasco Foundation, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Trust of Amy Lowell.  She teaches in the M.F.A. Program at The University of Montana.

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently BLACKACRE (2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award (judged by Robin Coste Lewis). It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book IGNATZ (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have been widely published, including in Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University and in the Columbia and Sarah Lawrence MFA Programs.


Sophomore Lunch

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Welcome Back BBQ


Novel Institutions: Contexts for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Fiction







Harvard Arts First Festival

ARTS FIRST, Harvard’s annual festival of faculty and student creativity, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on April 27-30! The following English concentrators are participating:

            • Miriam Huettner ’17, Emerging Choreographers Showings, Friday-Saturday, Arts @29 Garden St.

            • Dan Milaschewski ‘17, In the Beginning: The ARTS FIRST Creation Story (sort of), 11:30am, Saturday, Plaza Tent

            • Max Lesser ‘19, New Grooves: Original Music Inspired by Visual Art, 1:00pm-2:20pm, Harvard Art Museums (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Duncan Saum ‘18, The Harvard Callbacks, 1:00pm-1:20pm, Plaza Tent (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Leon Pan ‘18, The Harvard Din & Tonics, 1:30pm-1:50pm, Plaza Tent (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Madeleine Tolk ‘19, Harvard Pops Orchestra, 2:00pm-2:20pm, Sanders Theatre (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Consuelo Hylton ‘18, Harvard Pops Orchestra, 2:00pm-2:20pm, Sanders Theatre (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Natalie Hodges ‘19, Music 189 Chamber Ensembles Performance, 2:30pm-4:20pm, Harvard Art Museums (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Layla Brittan ‘19, Radcliffe Pitches, 2:30pm-2:50pm, Plaza Tent (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Eli Schleicher ‘18, The Harvard Opportunes, 3:00pm-3:20pm, Yard Stage (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Ethan Pardue ‘19, Under Construction, 4:00pm-4:20pm, Adolphus Busch Hall (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Martine Thomas ‘18, The Brattle Street Chamber Players, 4:00pm-4:50pm, Memorial Church; Music 174r: Creative Music Workshop Collective, 3:00pm-3:20pm, Holden Chapel (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

            • Sasha Scolnik-Brower ‘17, The Brattle Street Chamber Players, 4:00pm-4:50pm, Memorial Church; Music 189 Chamber Ensembles Performance, 2:30pm-4:20pm, Harvard Art Museums (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)


Stratis Haviaris Lecture Featuring Cathy Park Hong


Hyperion Shakespeare Company presents: The Merchant of Venice

Hyperion Shakespeare Company presents:

The Merchant of Venice


Directed by Krysianna Papadakis
Produced by Emily Zoffer and Nicholas Woodimage001

Location: Adams Pool Theater

Friday April 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday April 22 at 2:30* & 7:30pm
Sunday April 23 at 2:30pm

*this performance will be followed by a talkback featuring Professor Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and Rebecca Powell, Student Activities Director at Harvard Hillel

 Email merchantinthepool@gmail.com to reserve your FREE tickets now!

Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, lends three thousand ducats to his friend Bassanio in order to assist him in his wooing of the wealthy and beautiful Portia. Antonio’s own money is tied up in business ventures that depend on the safe return of his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. Shylock lends the money against a bond. Failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio’s flesh. This performance contains themes of anti-semitism and racial intolerance.

Alice Oswald & Juan Felipe Herrera

Morris Gray Poetry Reading Featuring Alice Oswald & Juan Felipe Herrera

Poet Alice Oswald was trained as a classicist at New College, University of Oxford. Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), received a Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. Oswald often works in book-length projects and is known for her interests in gardening, ecology, and music. Her second book, Dart (2002), was the outcome of years of primary and secondary research into the history, environment, and community along the River Dart in Devon, England. Oswald’s other collections of poetry include Woods, etc. (2005), winner of a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009), illustrated by Jessica Greenman; A Sleepwalk on the Severn (2009); and Memorial (2011), a reworking of Homer’s Iliad that has received high critical praise for its innovative approach and stunning imagery, which won the 2013 Warwick Prize for writing. Oswald was the first poet to win the prize. Her latest book is Falling Awake (2016).


Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.



Senior Creative Thesis Readings

Join us for an evening of readings from recently submitted senior creative theses. Readings include poetry, fiction, biography, playwriting, and music.


Newly Admitted Students Visit


Wednesday, March 29

Renaissance and Race & Ethnicity Colloquia | Reginald Wilburn, (Univ. New Hampshire), “Calling out Milton and putting him on Front Street in Charles Chesnutt’s The House Behind the Cedars” | 5:15-7PM, Barker 211

Long 18th Century & Romanticism Colloquium | Matthew Bevis, (Keble College, Oxford), “Wordsworth’s Idiocy” | 5PM, Barker 114

Thursday, March 30

Admitted Student Luncheon | 12-1:30PM, Thompson Room

Medieval Colloquium | Helen Cushman (Harvard University), “Pedagogical Theatre in Plays of Christ and the Doctors” | 5PM, Kates Room

COGS Welcome Party | Miles Osgood & Michael Allen’s House | Time TBD

Friday, March 31

Library Tour with Research Librarian, Odile Harter | 10 AM

GSAS Newly Admitted Students Orientation | Dudley House, Check-in 1PM

Morris Gray Poetry Reading Featuring Arthur Sze

Morris Gray Poetry Reading Featuring Arthur Sze


First Year Luncheon

Hey first year students,

Interested in English? Then join us for a meet-n-greet and speak to current concentrators, faculty, graduate students, and staff. Lunch provided.

Tuesday, February 21st
Thompson Room, Barker Center

Harvard College Opera: “Le Nozze di Figaro”



Harvard LITFest, February 3-4

LITFest features internationally acclaimed authors and editors, readings of new work, panels, and hands-on workshops. Join us for a celebration of our literary community, whose vibrant past has changed the world of literature and whose current thinkers are transforming the future of writing.

  • LITFest 2017 kicks off with a special edition of The Sloth storytelling hour and reception
  • Tom Perrotta, award-winning writer and creator of HBO’s hit show The Leftovers, in conversation with TV writer and Harvard alum Nick Cuse
  • “Breaking In” panel featuring recent alumni talking about their pathways towards publication
  • Award-winning author James Carroll and in a discussion about writing and history with Richard Parker
  • Lunchtime panel on food writing with Carla Martin, featuring a chocolate tasting
  • Hands-on creative writing workshops in fiction writing with Anne Bernays and writing for television with David Madden
  • Harvard Creative Writing faculty members share their perspective on a writing life and workshops

Get the full schedule here.



MLA Annual Conference 2018, January 4-7



See below a curated schedule of departmental activity at the upcoming MLA Annual Convention in New York City. If you are a graduate student attending the convention (either for a presentation or an interview), please fill out this form. For the full MLA Schedule, click here.

Thursday, January 4

50. The Historical Novel after Postmodernism (1:45PM)
David Alworth, “Don DeLillo’s Bad Art History: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Paradox of the Contemporary”

116. Poetry Books in Multiple Versions: Editorial, Critical, and Pedagogical Issues (3:30PM)
Michelle Taylor, “Will the Real T.S. Eliot Please Stand Up? Poems (1920) versus Ara Vos Prec”

Friday, January 5

242. The Tacky South (10:15AM)
Isabel Duarte-Gray, speaker

270. Byron and Politics (10:15AM)
Andrew Warren, speaker

283. Nonfiction Prose in a “Post-Factual” World (12:00PM)
Tess McNulty, “Truth in Memoir: A Stylistic Analysis”

408. The Work of the Anthology in American Literature (5:15PM)
Nicholas Rinehart, presiding

410. Cultures of Vulnerability in the Contemporary United States (5:15PM)
David Alworth, “The Politics of the Contemporary Art Novel”

Saturday, January 6

476. Fraught Logics of Natural Law (8:30AM)
Gordon Teskey, respondent

506. Frederick Douglass at Two Hundred: Literary Reconsiderations (10:15AM)
John Stauffer, speaker

554. John Clare: Encounters (12:00PM)
Marissa Grunes, “‘Thou Lowly Cot': Rudimentary Architecture in John Claire and Robert Frost”

595. Graphic States of Insecurity (1:45PM)
Chris Spaide, “Now and Then: Richard McGuire and Lauren Redniss’s Representation Extremes”

619. New York as Text: Bibliographies and Geographies (1:45PM)
Emily Silk, speaker

641. Desire and Domestic Fiction after Thirty Years (3:30PM)
Deidre Lynch, speaker

651. Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, Thirty Years On (3:30PM)
Stephen Greenblatt, respondent

655. Auden and Others (3:30PM)
Steph Burt, “‘The Youngest Person in the Room': Auden and the Refusal of Authority”

661. Archival Research in the Black Diaspora (3:30PM)
Nicholas Rinehart, speaker

705. Palestine, Ethics, and World Literature (5:15PM)
Dena Fehrenbacher, “Palestinians Podcast: Ethical Representation in an Age of New Media”


Sunday, January 7

787. Institutional History of Theory (10:15AM)
Marjorie Garber, “Heyday”

763. Poetry’s “We” (10:15AM)
Chris Spaide, “Terrence Hayes’s Response-Poems and the African-American Lyric ‘We'”

Department Reception

The Department will be hosting a reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres for graduate students, alumni, and faculty attending MLA in New York City on Friday, January 5.

All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP via this google form before Tuesday, December 19.

English Department Suite | 7:30pm

New Concentrator Welcome

Welcome to our new concentrators!

Join us for an evening of celebration with fellow concentrators and faculty over bar snacks and food. Get introduced to the program through our panels where we’ll review the following topics:

  • Faculty advisers
  • How to choose courses
  • The Common Ground
  • Creative Writing
  • Thesis and Junior Tutorial

No class or work, then we expect to see you there!

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For more information, please visit the Harvard English 2016 Graduate Symposium website.

Infinite Jest Marathon Reading


Hamlet’s Ghost Release Event

In the first act of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Ghost of the dead King of Denmark appears to his son, setting off a chain of events that culminates in the play’s notoriously bloody finale. But how would this mysterious figure have been understood in Shakespeare’s world?

Join Professor Stephen Greenblatt as he discusses themes from his New HarvardX course, Hamlet’s Ghost, which will take learners through an exploration of the Ghost’s uncanny theatrical power and the historical contexts from which it emerged. Light refreshments will be served. Registration for the course is currently open at edX

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Quad-Wide English Study Break

Quad -Wide English Study Break


Hey Quad residents this break is for you!
English Student Advisory Committee members
will be on hand to answer any questions you
may have about English.

Stop by, take a break, and enjoy some
Felipe’s Taqueria.

Location: Cabot SCR

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(“A” Entryway, near the house manager’s house)

Humanities at Work: Alumni Panel





Roz Kaveney, Life In and Out of Writing

Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney is a London-based poet, novelist, cultural commentator and occasional activist who works as a reviewer and in publishing: her writings have appeared widely since the 1980s, when she was a core member of the now-famed Midnight Rose Collective.

A regular writer for the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement (among others) she is probably best known as editor of Reading The Vampire Slayer: The Complete, Unofficial Guide to Buffy and Angel (2001, 2004) and for her Lambda Award-winning novel of trans street life in 1970s Chicago, Tiny Pieces of Skull (2015).

Presented by The Harvard University Department of English and the Harvard University Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

This event is free and open to the public.


ROBERT GRENIER, poetry reading and visual presentation


Robert Grenier has been a force, an inspiration and a puzzle in poetry and in its many adjacent arts since the 1960s. His famous box of minimal poems that could be read in any order, Sentences (published 1978) became a central reference point for Language writers and other late century avant gardes; his sparse, thoughtful verse of the 1970s and 1980s remains important today, admired both by conceptual writers and by those in lyrical or observational traditions. His more recent work combines poetry and poetics with drawing and handwriting, and needs to be seen, not just read; in this signal event, Grenier—with assistance from Harvard professor and poetry critic Stephen Burt—will show us how it works. Grenier’s other major publications and works of art include A Day at the Beach  (1984), the poem/posterCAMBRIDGE, M’ASS (1979, reissued 2014), What I Believe transpiration/ transpiring (1989), and the ongoing series of handwritten poem-drawings entitled r h y m m s. (You can read Sentences online athttp://www.whalecloth.org/grenier/sentences_.htm ) Please join us for a live introduction to Grenier’s work.
This event is free and open to the public,

Memorial for Daniel Aaron

Memorial Event for Daniel Aaron
Friday, September 23rd at 5 PM
Paine Hall, Music Building
Harvard University

Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Our beloved colleague—angelic friend, great scholar, gentle wit—Dan Aaron left us on Saturday 30 April. Dan, PhD ’43, was Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus. He taught at Harvard between 1971 and 1983, and remained a constant, enlivening, evergreen presence in our community. —James Simpson

Welcome Back BBQ



Opening Days Academic Fair

Freshmen, stop by the Concentration Fair during Opening Days! We’ll be in the Science Plaza Tent answering all of your questions about the English Department and making course recommendations. Sophomores are encouraged to stop by from 4:30-5:30.

English Department Spring Teaching Workshop

A light lunch will be served from 12-1pm, Barker 024
Panels to follow from 1-3pm, Barker 024

Light lunch and coffee

Taylor Cowdery on learning how to ask productive questions
Julia Tejblum on improving your efficiency outside the classroom

Rebecca Kastleman on moments of silence and learning to listen
Hannah Doherty Hudson on teaching in the archive
Elizabeth Weckhurst on user-friendly professionalism

Miles Osgood on working with freshmen and reflections on the first year of teaching
Janet Zong on peer learning and revision workshops
Carra Glatt on teaching writing and close reading

RSVP here 

For more information, contact:
Stephen Tardif, Departmental Teaching Fellow (tardif@fas)
Matthew Ocheltree, Lead Coordinator or Graduate Colloquia (ocheltr@fas)

Morris Gray Poetry Reading with Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo grew up in the suburbs of New York City. She earned a BA in wildlife management from McGill University in Montreal and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before earning an MA in English from Syracuse University.

Perillo is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Dangerous Life (1989), which won the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Body Mutinies (1996), winner of the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University; The Oldest Map with the Name America (1999); Luck is Luck (2005), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University; Inseminating the Elephant (2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress; On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; and most recently, Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones (2016).

She has published a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (2005), and a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (2012). She has taught at Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University, Saint Martin’s University, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. A former MacArthur fellow, Perillo lives in Olympia, Washington.

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Readings in the Parlor with Jill Abramson

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Advising Fortnight: The Humanities and Your Financial Future

Part of Advising Fortnight 2016


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Advising Fortnight: “What’s the Difference?”

Part of Advising Fortnight 2016

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2016 Boylston Prizes for Elocution

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Advising Fortnight: Cupcakes & Sound Bites with the English Department

Part of Advising Fortnight 2016

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Advising Fortnight: Concentration Fair

Advising Fortnight 2016
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Readings in the Parlor with Hillary Chute


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2016 Boylston Prizes for Elocution

Boylston Prize

This competition is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Harvard College. The first round will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 4pm in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall. The final will take place on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 in Sever Hall, room 113.

 The Boylston Prizes for Elocution are awarded through a competition “for the delivery of memorized selections from English, Greek, or Latin literature,” not to exceed five minutes in length. Cash prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place.

 Students interested in competing need to submit four hard copies of their selection to the English Department, in person, on or before the deadline. Submission deadline: Monday, March 21st 2016 at 4pm.

 If you have any questions about this prize and how to submit, stop by the English department in the Barker Center (M-F, 9-5pm) or contact Case Q. Kerns via email at cqkerns@fas.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-2533.

 The following are examples of submissions from past participants in the Boylston Prize Competition: Song of Myself, Walt Whitman; The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, lines 413-480; A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf; Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson, lines 1-70; Henry V, prologue, Shakespeare; Nelly Myers, A.R. Simmons; Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln; Medea, Euripides, lines 465-498.

The Spring Morris Gray Poetry Reading

Born in the Mojave Desert in Barstow, California, Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and spent significant periods in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas before moving to Rhode Island. He holds degrees in both English literature and geology. The Trace, his second novel–about a couple whose car breaks down in the middle of the Mexican desert– was published in November 2014.

Concerned with the way we are revised and translated in encounters with the foreign, his book Core Samples from the World was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The author of numerous other books of poetry, including Redstart: An Ecological Poetics and Science & Steepleflower, Gander also writes novels (As a Friend; The Trace), essays (A Faithful Existence) and translates. His most recent translations are Fungus Skull Eye Wing: Selected Poems of Alfonso D’Aquino and Watchword (which won the Villaurrutia Prize) by Pura López Colomé; Spectacle & Pigstyby Kiwao Nomura (winner of Best Translated Book Award); and Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (Finalist, PEN Translation Prize). His most recent anthologies are Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin American (selected by Raúl Zurita) and Panic Cure: Poems from Spain for the 21st Century.

Gander’s poems appear in many literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad, and have been translated into a dozen languages. His books (see Books) in translation are available in France, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim, Whiting, and Howard Foundations. In 2011, he was awarded the Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship. The Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University, Gander teaches courses such as Poetry & Ethics, EcoPoetics, Latin American Death Trip, and Translation Theory & Practice.

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Senior Champagne Reception

A celebration for all of our graduating seniors. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Winship Lecture: “Editing Shakespeare for the Digital Age” presented by Stephen Greenblatt

Houghton Library presents the 105th installment of the George Parker Winship Lecture, given by Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, with Misha Teramura and David Nee, doctoral candidates in the Department of English. Seating limited.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5:30 P.M.

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Writers Speak: Colm Tóibín in Conversation with Claire Messud

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For more information visit Mahindra Humanities Center’s event webpage.

Robert B. Silvers Lecture: “Poets as Editors” presented by Helen Vendler


Robert B. Silvers Lecture: “Poets as Editors”

December 8, 2015 | 7.p.m. | Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Cultural critic and poetry scholar Helen Vendler delivers this year’s Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled “Poets As Editors.”

Video, audio, and transcript from lecture, “Poets as Editors.”

Article from The New York Times Review of Books adapted from the original lecture.



Milton Marathon: An Epic Reading of “Paradise Lost”

Come join us to read or listen to an epic reading of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” at the Arts Cafe in the Barker Center.

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2015 Graduate Symposium: Ecologies

November 12-13, 2015

Harvard University English Department Graduate Symposium Presents:


Paul Cézanne, “Reflections in the Water” (1890), private collection

Plenary Address

Professor Margaret Cohen (Stanford University),

“Underwater Adventures: The Inspiration of Toxic Atmosphere”

Thursday, November 12 | Fong Auditorium | 5-7 p.m.

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Graduate Symposium

 Friday, November 13 | Thompson Room | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is available here

For more information, please visit the Symposium Website

Please send all proposals to EnglishCoordinator@g.harvard.edu. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be involved with the organization of the Symposium, contact Matthew Ocheltree (ocheltr@fas.harvard.edu).

Stratis Haviaras Reading with Ben Lerner and Geoffrey G. O’Brien

Ben Lerner is the author of three poetry collections, The Lichtenberg Figures Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and in 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie.

Geoffrey O’Brien was educated at Harvard University and the University of Iowa. He is the author of several poetry collections, including People on SundayMetropoleGreen and Gray, and The Guns and Flags Project.

Sponsored by the Harvard Department of English

Co-Sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room

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