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Poetry Symposium 2014

Kim Bridgford


Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the United States.  As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010, and recently celebrated its third anniversary at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in affiliation with the exhibition The Female Gaze.   Her collaborative work with the visual artist Jo Yarrington has been honored with a Ucross fellowship. Bridgford is the author of seven books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying, and Epiphanies, a book of religious poems.  She has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Connecticut Post, on NPR and the website of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in various headline news outlets.

Thomas Cable

Thomas Cable has devoted a lifetime to the study of the English language and its prosodic development in poetry. Now emeritus professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, he has also taught in France and at the University of Illinois. Among his books are A History of the English Language (with Albert C. Baugh) and The English Alliterative Tradition. His interests range from the metrics of Old English verse to the treatment of meter by today’s New Formalists.

Natalie Gerber

Natalie Gerber is Associate Professor of English at SUNY Fredonia. Her articles on modern poetry and poetics have appeared in Paideuma, The William Carlos Williams Review, and The Wallace Stevens Journal, for which she serves as an associate editor.  She is obsessed with using insights from linguistics to clarify what we talk about when we talk about poetic measure, meter, and rhythm.

David J. Rothman

David J. Rothman has been an editor, reviewer, publisher, and judge in regional and national poetry circles for over three decades. His own work has a distinguished record in such journals as Appalachia, The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry and many others. He has published five collections, most recently The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press), both in 2013. A sixth, Go Big, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2015, and a volume of essays about life in the mountains, Living the Life, is forthcoming from Conundrum Press this fall. He is Western's MFA Poetry Concentration Director and also teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop of Denver. For many years before moving to Boulder, Colorado, he lived in Crested Butte, where he taught at Western, served as the Headmaster of a private secondary school, and co-founded the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Jan Schreiber

Jan Schreiber has published poems and critical essays in many journals, both print and on-line, over more than four decades. His poetic sequence, “Zeno’s Arrow,” was set to music for tenor and piano by Paul Alan Levi in 2001. His previous books of poetry include Digressions, Wily Apparitions, Bell Buoys, and two books of translations. His latest collection, Peccadilloes, was published earlier this year. A volume of his critical essays, Sparring with the Sun, appeared in 2013. A founder of Canto: Review of the Artsand a co-founder of the annual Symposium on Poetry Criticism at Western State Colorado University, he is also a study group leader at Brandeis University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, specializing in Renaissance and modern poetry.

Marilyn L. Taylor

Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, has published eight collections of poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, American Scholar, and Measure. She taught poetry and poetics for fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and served for five years as Contributing Editor and regular poetry columnist for the Writer magazine.  She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

Frederick Turner

Born in England, Frederick Turner holds degrees from Oxford University and teaches at the University of Texas at Dallas. His books include Shakespeare and the Nature of Time; Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion, and Education; Beauty: The Value of Values; The Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit; and Epic: Form, Content, and History; as well as several volumes of poetry. He is married to Mei Lin Turner (née Chang), a literary periodical editor, and has two sons.

David Yezzi

Poetry with a Focus in Versecraft. David Yezzi, acclaimed poet and executive editor of The New Criterion, is former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, where he also currently teaches poetry in the center’s writing program. Yezzi’s poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The New Republic, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He writes literary criticism regularly for The Wall Street Journal, Poetry, Yale Review and many other publications. Yezzi has held editing positions at Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New York Observer, and The New Criterion. In 1998, he was awarded Stanford University’s prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his wife.