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PUB.UNIT Presents: Poet, Editor Jerome Rothenberg, April 11

Thursday, April 11th 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

The Publications Unit in the Department of English is welcoming poet, editor, translator, and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg to Illinois State University on Thursday, April 11, 2019, as part of the PUB.UNIT Presents event series. At 11 a.m. at the University Galleries (Uptown Station), Rothenberg will discuss his many publishing and writing roles during an interview and Q&A with Dr. Steve Halle and Amish Trivedi. That evening, Rothenberg will be a featured reader at the annual SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) Lucia Getsi Reading Series at 7 p.m. at Ewing Manor (48 Sunset Road, Bloomington; with Mark Svenvold and Kristin Prevallet). Both events are free and open to the public.


Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, editor, translator, performance artist, anthologist, and one of the founding figures of ethnopoetics—a term he coined—that seeks to perpetuate fading oral and written literary legacies of the world and render them relevant and necessary to modern literature. With over sixty years of experience, he has published over ninety books of poetry and essays, and he has edited or co-edited over ten major anthologies/assemblages of poetry and performance art including Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania; Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas; and the three-volume Poems for the Millennium. Additionally, Rothenberg is the translator responsible for the first English appearances of Paul Celan and Günter Grass, and his own poetry has been translated into more than a dozen languages, from French to Lithuanian. A new book of poems, The President of Desolation, was published this year by Black Widow Press, about which poet Michael McClure says “Jerome Rothenberg is a DNA spaceman exploring the mammal caves of Now,” and he is currently assembling a large transnational anthology of North and South American poetry.


In the spirit of the English studies model of the Department of English at ISU, which embraces the inherent interdisciplinarity of the field, PUB.UNIT Presents, sponsored by the Publications Unit, hosts noted writers-who-are-editors/editors-who-are-writers to talk about how embracing those dual roles impacts their work and careers.

The President of Desolation (Black Widow Press, 2019) by Jerome Rothenberg


This event is a collaboration with SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) and is co-sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation, the Illinois State University Foundation Fund, and the Publications Unit in the Department of English.


Holms Troelstrup
Assistant Director, Publications Unit
Department of English, Illinois State University
167 Williams Hall Annex, Campus box 4241
Normal, IL 67190-4241
jhtroel@ilstu.edu | 309-438-3025


If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


University Galleries
11 Uptown Circle #103
Normal, IL
(309) 438-5487