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Linda Gregerson, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

October 10, 2019 to October 11, 2019

Linda is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan, and a giant in her field(s), an eminent poet and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as a scholar of Renaissance literature. Her books include The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic, as well as six books of poetry and a volume of essays on the contemporary American lyric. This will be a homecoming of sorts, as she completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before moving to Stanford to complete her PhD. 


Schedule of events:

Thursday October 10, 11:00-12:15: Gregerson will visit my graduate class to discuss early Modern poetics, the field of Renaissance studies, and her article, “Spenser’s Georgic: Violence and the Gift of Place,” which considers the ecological ethics of Spenser’s FQ. I have attached the article and undergraduate or graduate students who would like to join us for this class can email me at to reserve a spot.

6:00-7:00 pm, EPB 304: public lecture, “Can We Talk to One Another? Poetry in an Era of Social Division.” Note the late time. I know many of you are reverse vampires, so please take precautions and come to EPB, although the sun will be setting.

Friday October 11, 10:00-11:00 AM, 304 EPB: Gregerson will read from a selection of her own poems. 

12:00-1:00: Brown bag lunch for undergraduates. During this lunch, Gregerson will discuss syntax and the poetic line, as well as discussing her own poetry and writing process, with students. All are encouraged to attend, but signup is required via this link: I believe we still have about 10 spots available.