English Festival Forum


English Festival speaker to present Forum

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, professor of English and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University, will present “News from Poems: History and Practice of Documentary Poetry” at 11 a.m. Nov. 29, in Founders Hall.  

The award-winning poet and essayist will introduce documentary poetry, a vital stream of American letters since the 1930s.

Spicher Kasdorf has published three collections of poetry with the University of Pittsburgh Press, most recently “Poetry in America.” Among the previous collections, “Eve’s Striptease” was named one of the Library Journal’s Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and “Sleeping Preacher” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing. Her poems were awarded a 2009 NEA fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and appear in numerous anthologies.