Poetry Series


2018-2019 Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series

Free poetry readings begin at 7:00 PM and are followed by book signings and receptions. For more information or a copy of an electronic brochure, please contact Natasha Sajé, professor of English, at 801.832.2376 or nsaje@westminstercollege.edu.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 24, 2018

CAMILLE T. DUNGY is the author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History—a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award—and four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade. She has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Her honors include NEA Fellowships in both poetry and prose, an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She is a professor at Colorado State University.

JASON OLSEN, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, teaches writing and literature at Utah State University Eastern in Price, Utah. His first book, Parakeet: A Poem of Opportunity, was released in 2017, and his poems and stories have been widely published.

Monday, October 29, 2018

DAVID GEWANTER’s new book, Fort Necessity, shapes poems from testimony and documents by factory workers, convicts, plutocrats, and anarchists—it dramatizes industrial labor, violence, and the creative body from the Carnegie era to the Koch brothers. Gewanter is the author of three previous poetry books and he is co-editor of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems. He received the Zacharis First Book Award, Witter Bynner fellowship, a Whiting Award, and an Ambassador Book Award. He teaches at Georgetown University.

CHRISTIAN FELT (’12) holds a BA in English from Westminster College. His book, The Lightning Jar, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award—judged by Rebecca Lee—in 2018. Felt lives in Salt Lake City and is studying math and computer science at the University of Utah.

Monday, February 4, 2019

ROBIN BECKER received the Lambda Award in Poetry for All-American Girl, and has held fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. Her many other books of poetry include Tiger Heron, Domain of Perfect Affection, The Horse Fair, and The Black Bear Inside Me. Becker is Professor Emeritus of English and women’s studies at Penn State University and a contributing editor for the Women’s Review of Books.

A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, JENNIFER ELISE FOERSTER is the author of two books of poems—Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA Low-Residency Program and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth.

Friday, April 26, 2019

This session will debut Westminster’s literary magazine, ellipsis…, for 2019. Each year we invite a previous contributor with a new book as the featured reader at the debut.

ADAM TAVEL’s third poetry collection, Catafalque, won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award. He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss and Plash & Levitation, which won the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry. He teaches at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland.

Free Spring Poetry Workshop

Westminster College offers a small poetry class in spring semester open to both students and members of the community, taught in 2019 by ROBIN BECKER. The course meets 4:30–7:20 PM on the following Mondays:

  • January 14, 28
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25
  • March 4, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

To be considered for this free course, please submit three poems in one document with contact information on the poems (name, phone, email, address) by October 15. Participants will be notified by December 1.

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Accessibility Accommodations

Reasonable prior notice is required to arrange accommodation for people with disabilities. Please contact the Arts and Sciences Department at 801.832.2300 if you need this accommodation.

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