The New Writing Series presents a reading by poet, translator, and scholar Jennifer Scappettone on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The event will be held at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons and is free and open to the public. Carla Billitteri of the UMaine English Department’s faculty in poetry & poetics will introduce and host the Q&A to follow.
Jennifer Scappettone is associate professor of English and creative writing and associated faculty of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Chicago, and was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies for 2010-11. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly and the bilingual Thing Ode/Ode oggettuale.
Scappettone edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press), copies of which will be available at the event.
Her study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice is forthcoming in August from Columbia University Press.
Her response to the question “What Is American about American Poetry?” is archived at the Poetry Society of America’s website.
Her essay “Garbage Arcadia: Digging for Choruses in Fresh Kills” is included in Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge).
A number of talks and readings are archived on Scappettone’s PennSound author page.
Scappettone comes to Maine right after presenting “Strategic Passeism: The Invention of a Modernist in the City of Aldus” as a keynote lecture at the Pound, ID: A Convergence conference in Boise, Idaho.
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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the AP/PE Black Box space. For more information contact NWS Coordinator Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.
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