English Department Events

Department Events Fall 2020


October 6, 2020 - Notes Toward a Definition of the Successor Ideology with Wesley Yang

A lecture by the author of The Souls of Yellow Folk (2018).

Lecture will be begin at 4:15 PM PST. Please contact Kristi Hart at Kristi.Hart@pomona.edu for Zoom invitation.

October 7, 2020 - IAS Growth/Waste: The Dissimilar Architecture and Politics of Rot. Dirt and waste have a clear political and spatial place: always excluded, outside the realms of the acceptable, conceivable or representable. As if it were a contagious disease, dealing with waste and being treated as waste seem quite closely connected. Positivist feminist positions have clearly emphasized a different take: decay is about togetherness, making kin, assuming the unavoidable extinction - individual or collective - that critters and us are part of. They ask us to become compostists instead of posthumanists, to make kin with the underworld. But does this interpretation of decay leave difference behind and is it adequate for the current circumstances?

Register to join Professor Kyla Tompkins for this panel discussion hosted by University College London at 5 PM BST/9 AM PST.

November 4, 2020 - English Department Spring 2021 Course Preview. Please join the Pomona College English Department faculty as they present English department course offerings for Spring 2021. Instructors will give a brief overview of the courses they are teaching and take questions from interested students. Event is open to students from all 5Cs.

Event will be held from 4PM-5PM PST. Zoom meeting ID: 844 2870 5224

November 12, 2020 - Visual Poetics: A Poetry Reading to Commemorate Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. The Department of English, the Benton Museum of Art, and the Office of Black Student Affairs are proud to present Visual Poetics: A Poetry Reading to Commemorate Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe

Please join us for introductions by Professor Prageeta Sharma and Senior Curator Rebecca McGrew '85 as well as readings from poets Evie Shockley and Camille Dungy featured in the Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe exhibition catalogue.

Organized by Prageeta Sharma, Professor of English at Pomona College and Claire Nettleton, Academic Curator at the Benton.

Event will be held from 5PM-6PM PST.


Department Events Spring 2021


March 2, 2021 - A Reading with Patricia Spears Jones.

Please join the English Department for a poetry reading and Q&A with Patricia Spears Jones.Patricia Spears Jones grew up in Arkansas and has lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s.  She is a poet, playwright, educator, cultural activist, and anthologist. She is the recipient of 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems and 3 full-length collections and five chapbooks.  At the Rauschenberg Residency, she published Collapsing Forrest City, Photo Giclée.  Her poems are widely anthologized among them: 250 Years of African American Poetry: Why African American Poetry Matters Today, Plume Poetry 8; 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of Small Presses; WORD: An Anthology A Gathering of the Tribes; Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African-American Poets,  and in journals such as About Place Journal;  Paterson Literary Review; Cutthroat Journal; alinejournal.com/convergence; The New Yorker and The Brooklyn Rail.  She co-edited ORDINARY WOMEN: An Anthology of New York City Women Poets (1978) and edited THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat (2009).  Her plays “Mother” (music by Carter Burwell) and “Song for New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting (music by Lisa Gutkin) were commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines.

She curated programs as Program Coordinator for The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church and created WORDS Sunday series in Brooklyn.  She has taught Creative Writing at Hunter College, Barnard College, Adelphi University and Hollins University as the 2020 Louis D. Rubin Writer in Residence. She has taught summer poetry workshops for the Community of Writers, Fine Arts Work Center, Naropa, Rutgers University, Truro Center for the Arts, and Wild Seeds Workshop for Medgar Evers College.  In New York City she has lead workshops for The Poetry Project, Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Parachute Literary Arts. She is Emeritus Fellow for Black Earth Institute and organizer of the American Poets Congress.

Event will be held at 4:15PM PST.

March 17, 2021 - The Black Fantastical Imagination: Nalo Hopkinson's House of Whispers.

Please join the English Department for a reading and Q&A with Nalo Hopkinson.

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian author and maker of objects. She writes science fiction and fantasy about anything she likes, from a position of challenging historically privileged narratives and celebrating joy in defiance of systemic violence. She is middle-class, middle-aged, cisgendered, QAF, trans-positive, African-descended, and an immigrant with usually invisible disabilities. Her writing has received the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Nebula Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Between 2018 and 2020, she authored and co-authored the series House of Whispers for DC Comics, set in Neil Gaiman's Sandman universe. Science Fiction Writers of America recently honored her with the Damon Knight Memorial "Grand Master" award for lifetime achievement. But she's not done yet.

Event will be held at 4:15PM and is open to the public. Zoom Meeting ID: 871 9651 4836

March 30, 2021 - A Reading with Rae Armantrout.

April 8, 2021 - A Reading with Kimberly Alidio and Stacy Szymaszek.

April 20, 2021 - A Reading with Teresa Carmody and Anna Moschovakis.

April 29, 2021 - Holmes Lecture Series: Dr. Deborah McDowell "Just Us: Claudia Rankine and the Recipients of Intimate Address"
Deborah E. McDowell, a scholar of African American/American literature, is the Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1987.  Her publications include ‘The Changing Same’:  Studies in Fiction by African-American Women, Leaving Pipe Shop:  Memories of Kin, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and scholarly editions.  She is co-editor (with Claudrena Harold and Juan Battle) of The Punitive Turn:  Race, Inequality, and Mass Incarceration.  Extensively involved in editorial projects pertaining to the subject of African-American literature, she founded the African-American Women Writers Series for Beacon Press and served as its editor from 1985-1993.  This project oversaw the reissue of fourteen novels by African American women writers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She also served as a period editor for the Norton Anthology of African-American Literature, now in its third edition;  contributing editor to the D. C. Heath Anthology of American Literature, and co-editor with Arnold Rampersad of Slavery and the Literary Imagination.  Her service on various editorial boards has included Publications of the Modern Language Association, American Literature, Genders, and African-American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

Professor McDowell has been the recipient of various grants, including the Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship (Radcliffe), the National Research Council Fellowship of the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Purdue University in 2006.

Event will be held at 4PM PST.