KU News Release


Feb. 23, 2011
Contact: William J. Harris, wjh8@ku.edu; or Joseph Harrington, jharrington@ku.edu

Award-winning poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis to give reading, lecture

More Information

LAWRENCE — Award-winning poet, critic and essayist Rachel Blau DuPlessis will give a reading and a lecture over a two-day period at the University of Kansas.

The author of “Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work” and “The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice” will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Malott Room in the Kansas Union.

DuPlessis will deliver the Department of English’s prestigious John F. Eberhardt Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Her lecture is titled “Reflections on the Long Poem: Autobiography of a Practice.”

Both events are open to the public.

A professor of English at Temple University, DuPlessis is recognized for her critical writing, including “Genders, Races and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934” (Cambridge University Press, 2001). A forthcoming book of criticism is scheduled for release later this year from University of Iowa Press titled “Purple Passages: Patriarchal Poetry and its Ends.”

Since 1986, DuPlessis has been engaged in a long poem project, collected in several book-length installments from Wesleyan University Press and Salt Publishing. Her work has been anthologized in many venues and her poetry and essays have appeared in Italian, Serbian, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish.

“I think it’s fair to say that Rachel Blau DuPlessis is one of the most important figures in American literature today,” said Joseph Harrington, associate professor of English, whose specialty is American poetry since 1900.

Her work has been honored by numerous organizations supporting the arts and humanities, including an appointment to the National Humanities Center in North Carolina in 2008-09 and a residency for poetry at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in 2007. She received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2002. In the same year, DuPlessis received the third Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize, given biennially to an American poet/scholar who has made a significant lifetime contribution to American poetry and literary scholarship. In 1999, she received Temple University’s Creative Achievement Award.

More information on DuPlessis’ extensive publishing and editorial history can be found at www.temple.edu/english/people/faculty/duplessis.html.


The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

kunews@ku.edu | (785) 864-3256 | 1314 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045

KU Today

Subscribe to our daily newsletter covering research, academics, media coverage, campus news, events & more. Subscribe

Connect

Contact

Related


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).