James Longenbach, the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English and Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, both at the University of Rochester, will give a reading on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. The reading is free and open to the public.
Longenbach is a poet and a critic whose most recent collection of poems, The Iron Key, is a meditation on the conditions and consequences of beauty. His most recent critical work, The Art of the Poetic Line, is an account of the work of lineation in free-verse, syllabic, and metered poetry (ranging from Shakespeare to Ashbery). He has also written widely about modern and postmodern poetry, sometimes emphasizing the historicity of poetic language (Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things) but also exploring the ways in which poems resist their historical situation (The Resistance to Poetry).
Scott received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and her master’s from Brown University. Her areas of interest include the contemporary novel, modern literature, and the works of Charles Dickens. Scott has written many critically acclaimed novels including Follow Me (2009), Liberation (2005), Arrogance (2004) as well as the collection Everybody Loves Somebody (2006). She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.