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Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Sat, 07 Oct 2017

Adam Parkes '93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.


Elizabeth Poliner receives 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

The annual prize was created in 1976 to recognize American women on the precipice of promising writing careers.


Remembering John Ashbery

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America's premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.


Walking in Thoreau’s footsteps

Tue, 11 Jul 2017

Raymond Borst ’33 assembled one of the most extensive collections of Henry David Thoreau publications in the world, then gave it to the University.


Walt Whitman is ‘More Important Now than Ever’

Thu, 27 Apr 2017

The 125th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s death came at the end of March. His is one of the most influential voices in American—and world—literature.


Literary lights

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

For more than 50 years, the Plutzik Reading Series has brought Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and National Book Award winners to River Campus.


An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

The works of Romantic era poet and artist William Blake pervade modern writing, music, film and TV. The William Blake Archive, newly redesigned, has digitized nearly 7,000 images from Blake's creations, making them more accessible than ever to scholars and fans.


The future of the past

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

Trained as a scholar of medieval literature, Gregory Heyworth has become a “textual scientist.” He recovers the words and images of cultural heritage objects that have been lost, through damage and erasure, to time. To rescue them, he and collaborators on the aptly named Lazarus Project use a transportable multispectral imaging lab—the only one in the world—to make the undecipherable, and even the invisible, legible again.


Anthony Hecht: A poet’s life, in letters

Thu, 06 Apr 2017

Pultizer Prize–winning poet Anthony Hecht was on the Rochester faculty for nearly two decades, arriving in 1967. Alumnus Jonathan Post ’76 (PhD) published Hecht's correspondence in a book that sheds new light on his poetry.


Poetry in the age of the tweet

Tue, 04 Apr 2017

Can poetry thrive in an age of instant communication? As April's National Poetry Month begins, University's poetry faculty and students have found that the answer is an emphatic "yes." The pace of digital life has only quickened over the last ten years since Twitter was founded, but the slower process of reading and crafting poetry continues, robustly, at Rochester.