Last month, noted French/Algerian poet Patrice Aba visited Prof. Margaret Langford’s French 495 seminar via Skype connection as he wrapped up a week’s funded lectureship at Case Western University. He spoke about his life (and artistic inspiration); read selections from his book, Approches à Proches en Croche; and conversed with the seminar students in French. Prof. Langford and her students were duly impressed by this opportunity.
“His views on life and liberty were amazing and very thoughtful,” noted student Elissa Johansson.
Carol Jeffrey called Aba’s poetry “colorful and musical,” while Prof. Langford considered the event “inspirational.”
“Meeting a major contemporary poet is an experience I will not soon forget,” said Lindsey Ryder.
Patrice Aba lives in Chatillon, just outside of Paris.
The New Hampshire Humanities Council has awarded a $1,870 grant to KSC journalism lecturer Roger Martin for his project, “Adam’s Vision, Book XI, Paradise Lost.” To make John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, more accessible to the modern public, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, and on Thursday, April 5, Keene State College will host a dual event beginning with a panel discussion recorded live for broadcast and open to public discussion. Humanists Eugene McCarthy, Rodger Martin, and Michael Wakefield (also a lecturer in journalism and a composer/musician), will discuss with a Keene State Television host what makes Book XI of Paradise Lost meaningful for a contemporary audience and what makes this book different from the other eleven books in the epic.
The panel will be digitally recorded so that DVDs of the event can be distributed to public-access TV stations in N.H. and Mass.
Associate Professor of English Kirsti Sandy’s nonfiction essay, “Containment Theory” is featured in the Nov. 28 issue of Freshly Hatched, the online journal of Freerange Nonfiction, a New York City reading series and storytelling collective. The series is a New York Magazine “Critic’s Pick” and has been praised by Electric Literature as “the best nonfiction reading series.” Continue reading Prof. Sandy Publishes “Containment Theory”→
KSC’s Mason Library recently established the Modern Poetry Collection, a special collection of books, periodicals, and archival manuscripts of 20th century poetry. Three significant gifts are now, or soon will be, in the Collection. A bequest earlier this year of a 2100-volume modern-poetry library, valued near $89,000, from the family of Frank C. Shuffelton inspired the creation of the Collection. Frank Shuffelton, a long-time summer resident of Harrisville, N.H., was the chair of the English department at the University of Rochester. The Shuffelton family choose Keene State College over the University of Rochester because of Shuffelton’s love for the Mondanock area. The Shuffelton collection includes first and rare editions of works by John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank O’Hara, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Lowell, Allen Tate, William Carlos Williams, and many other poets—a who’s who of modern poetry.
Adding to the scope of the Modern Poetry Collection, the Zephyr Press (Brookline, Mass.) will soon be donating its editorial and publishing records, and those from its earlier incarnation as Aspect Magazine. The records span the years from the 1960s to 1997. Zephyr Press is best known for publishing the works of all the major Eastern European and Chinese poets. Continue reading Modern Poetry Collection Established at KSC→