Poet, critic Stephen Burt to visit ECU Feb. 7

Harvard professor and poet-critic Stephen Burt will visit East Carolina University at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the second floor exhibit gallery at Joyner Library.

Burt’s books include “The Art of the Sonnet,” with David Mikics; “Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry,”; “Parallel Play, a book of poems”: and “Randall Jarrell and His Age.” His writings on poets and poetry appear regularly in the Nation, the London Review of Books, Boston Review, and other journals in Britain and America. His next book of poems, Belmont, will appear from Graywolf Press in 2013.

Burt wrote his second book about another poet-critic, Randall Jarrell, who  settled in North Carolina. Some of Jarrell’s books and papers have now been acquired by Joyner Library, as part of the Stuart Wright Collection, where they are now available for study. On his visit to ECU, Burt will read from his own poetry and answer questions about the creative relationship between writing poetry and writing criticism.

A recent interview with Burt by ECU English professor John Hoppenthaler, along with several of Burt’s poems, is available at http://connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/1027-stephen-burt-poetry.

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