Tabula Poetica, the center for poetry at Chapman University, kicks off its fall slate of visiting poets and poetry readings on Tuesday, September 10 with a talk and reading by Maureen Alsop, author of Mantic.  The fall schedule, which will be highlighted by a visit from C.K. Williams on October 15, also includes appearances by Sholeh Wolpé, Nina Corwin and Seth Michelson, and wraps up with undergraduate and MFA poetry readings in December.

The visit by Williams is especially noteworthy, as he is one of

C.K. Williams

Acclaimed American poet C.K. Williams will visit Chapman on October 15 as part of Tabula Poetica’s fall series of poetry talks and readings.

America’s most acclaimed living poets, having won virtually every major poetry prize and having published books of poetry, essays, a memoir, and children’s books. Among his many awards and honors are a National Book Award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize. He has served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University.   Peter Campion wrote of Williams in the Boston Globe:  “Like Yeats and Lowell before him, he writes from the borderland between private and public life….[His poems] join skeptical intelligence and emotional sincerity, in a way that dignifies all of our attempts to make sense of the world and of ourselves. C. K. Williams has set a new standard for American poetry.”

All 2:30 p.m. talks will take place in the Wilkinson Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center.  All 7 p.m. poetry readings will take place in the Henley Reading Room, 2nd floor of the Leatherby Libraries.

All Tabula Poetica events are free and open to the public and all students, faculty and staff.

TABULA POETICA Fall 2013 Schedule

Tuesday, September 10:  Maureen Alsop, author of Mantic.  2:30 p.m. talk: “The Flowering Self, Smaller, Frozen: Portrayals, Self-Portrayal.”  Poetry reading at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24:  Sholeh Wolpé, author of Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths.  2:30 p.m. talk: “Crimes of Passion:  Murder on the Translation Express.”  Poetry reading at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15:  C.K. Williams, author of Wait.  2:30 p.m. talk: “Autobiography with Translation.”   Poetry reading at 7 p.m. – introduction by Chapman University President Jim Doti.  Co-sponsored by Leatherby Libraries and the Department of Languages.

Tuesday, November 5: Nina Corwin, author of The Uncertainty of Maps.  2:30 p.m. talk: “The Uncertainty of Maps: Charting the Existential Voyage.”  Poetry reading at 7 p.m., co-sponsored by Schmid College of Science and Technology.

Tuesday, November 19: Seth Michelson, author of Eyes Like Broken Windows.  2:30 p.m. talk: Scorching the Reader’s Ear: Poetry, Violence and Translation.”  Poetry reading at 7 p.m.

Monday, December 9:  Undergraduate Poetry Reading, Wilkinson Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, December 10:  MFA Poetry Reading, with faculty Allison Benis White and Anna Leahy, location TBA, 7 p.m.

The Tabula Poetica series, presented by Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is funded by the Department of English and by Poets & Writers, Inc., through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation.