Monday, April 5, 2021
Poet and writer Gabrielle Calvocoressi will examine the ways poetry enacts and sets a path forward for new ways of thinking about our various economies (both real and imagined). Using the work of Destiny Hemphill, Fred Moten, among others, including Calvocoressi’s own poems, as a guide, how might the way we craft our own work help us think more rigorously and expansively about priorities, compassion, power, and indebtedness?
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of "The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart," "Apocalyptic Swing" (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and "Rocket Fantastic," winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others.
Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an editor at large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and poetry editor at Southern Cultures.
Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, "The Year I Didn't Kill Myself" and a novel, "The Alderman of the Graveyard."
Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill.
Professor Calvocoressi's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.