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Pandemic Poetry: A Discussion With Stephen Souris
March 26, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Much poetry is being written in response to the ongoing pandemic. Some of the poetry is dark, as poets struggle to come to terms with the plague’s implications; some is affirmative, as poets strive to find ways to appreciate life in the midst of uncertainty and chaos. Featuring selected poems from Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf), facilitator Stephen Souris will lead a stimulating discussion designed to provoke and inspire.
Stephen Souris was Professor of English at Texas Woman’s University until his retirement in December 2021. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his M.A from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. from Harvard College. He is an Americanist specializing in modern American literature as well as literary theory with numerous publications and conference presentations in those fields. He taught entirely online and was one of the first professors at TWU to teach online using podcasts. Among his many courses at TWU were courses on Texas poets and contemporary American poets. He continues to serve as the producer of a literary discussion group at the Denton Public Library (“Professor’s Corner”) and was the host of Texas Poets Podcast. He lives near Dallas and sails on Lake Ray Roberts. Dr. Souris can be reached at [email protected].