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Pitching politics

Thu, 09 Aug 2018

The story of baseball in the United States is intertwined with that of the presidency, says senior English lecturer Curt Smith. In his new book he traces the points of connection from the colonial era to the present.


Poetry a ‘powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace’

Wed, 21 Mar 2018

The United Nations created World Poetry Day to celebrate poetic expression in the world’s many languages. In honor of the day, University of Rochester students at the Language Center share some favorite poems in the languages in which they were written.


Open Letter gives voice to women authors in translation

Wed, 07 Mar 2018

Only 3 percent of all books published in the United States are translated from other languages, and only 29 percent of those are by women authors. Rochester is home to several projects aimed at addressing this.


Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection's tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”


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.