More from Poetry & the Essay Conference


Poet essayist Marianne Boruch at Writers on Mondays
Those of you in or near Wellington next Monday (31 July) will likely want to get yourselves along to this Writers on Monday session which looks like it will be right up our alley.

The Little Death of Self: Marianne Boruch
American poet Marianne Boruch notes that ‘Both poetry and the essay come from the same impulse—to think about something and at the same time, see it closely, carefully, and enact it.’ A recent poetry collection Cadaver, Speak, sees her in the dissection room considering the ravages and resilience of the body, and in her new essay collection The Little Death of Self, Boruch’s restless curiosity ranges across science, music, medicine and art, asking questions such as ‘Why does the self grow smaller as the poem grows enormous?’ She is joined by poetry and creative nonfiction convenor Chris Price to explore how her poetry and essays approach the big topics of love, death and human knowledge.

The Writers on Mondays events are open to the public and free of charge.

12:15pm to 1:15pm, 31 July 2017
Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington

Find out more about Marianne Boruch on the Poetry Foundation website

Conference subtitle
You may also notice that the conference has now acquired a subtitle: Form and Fragmentation. While reading through all the wonderful proposals we have received and attempting to draft a programme, we came to realise that form and fragmentation was one of the key themes that was emerging. We’re sure it will be the topic of many interesting discussions.

Conference programme coming soon
We are delighted and overwhelmed by the proposals we’ve received – more than can possibly fit into a three-day unstreamed conference. We’re working on the programme and trying to include as much as we can. If you’ve submitted a proposal, we’ll be in touch soon.

We’ve decided to delay opening registrations until we’ve published the programme. We’re so excited – it’s going to be amazing!

Our mailing address is:
Dr Anna Jackson
School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand






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