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Friday, September 20 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
When Poetry Meets Science

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Poets and witers have always grappled with the science of their times. (In some cases, the art works have outlasted the scientific theories.) In the 19th century, poets tended to see science as a matter-of-fact enemy of the imagination. Blake saw Newton as a nemesis. But times have changed. In the 20th century physics showed us that nature is much stranger and more paradoxical than we imagined. In the 21st century, biology has demonstrated that natural systems are much more complexly and delicately intertwined than we knew. Lately poets and other writers have been drawn to discovering what they can learn from physics, biology, and systems analysis as well as how they can interact with this knowledge in their creative work. This panel will bring together three writers whose work engages with transdisciplinary investigations into shared principles of literature and science. They will share their results.


Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), and Wobble were published by Wesleyan University Press. Wobble, a finalist for the 2018 National... Read More →
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Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne’s recent books include: In Garments Worn by Lindens, Periodic Companions, and The Book of Moments. Her honors include a Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award, and the Contemporary Poetry Series. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore... Read More →
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Amy Catanzano

Amy Catanzano’s writing moves between genres and disciplines, often with a focus on the intersections of poetry, art, and branches of science such as physics and astronomy. She is the author of Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, a hybrid work combining poetry with... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT