The Extra Credit Presentation Series, hosted by Wolverine Farm Publishing, is thrilled to announce an upcoming event, featuring Natalie Giarratano and Katie Naughton. The two will deliver lectures about poetry on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolverine Farm Publick House, located at 316 Willow Street, Fort Collins. This event is free and open to the public.
Natalie Giarratano’s first collection of poems, Leaving Clean, won the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her second collection, Big Thicket Blues, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2017. Recent poems appear in Sakura Review, Isthmus Review, Black Tongue Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and TYPO, among others. She received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and edits and lives in Northern Colorado with her partner, their daughter, and pup.
Her talk will focus on depictions of war in the work of C.D. Wright and Yusef Komunyakaa. “Truthfulness is crucial,” claims Wright. Yet there are no shortcuts, no definitive answers or instructions, no neat, clean closures. Wright and Komunyakaa are poets who work through the multiple landscapes, perspectives, and dictions of the long poem all in the name of understanding a little more their own response to war, the consequences of a warring government, and the constant spilling of blood and information (wholly truthful or not) through mass communication, the 24/7 hustle of news. Their big picture concern is to expose why America “doesn’t want to know itself or feel itself,” as Robert Duncan says. These poets create a productive uncomfortableness within these long poems that is more than the spectacle of war that we have come to expect.
Katie Naughton graduated from Colorado State University’s Creative Writing MFA program, where she studied poetry, taught composition, and worked as an associate editor at Colorado Review/Center for Literary Publishing. Prior to arriving at CSU, she lived in New York and in Thailand, where she taught English as a Fulbright grantee. She holds a BA in creative writing from Hamilton College and grew up in Cromwell, Connecticut. Her poetry can be found online in Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight and in Underwater New York.
Her talk asks, what is the relationship between politics and art? In what ways can art act politically even when it isn’t treating issues of politics directly? We’ll look at poetry from Paul Celan, theoretical work from Jacques Rancière, and take a brief detour through art’s response to the Trump presidential campaign.