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Noted Poet and Critic Longenbach to Speak at UW-Casper Oct. 1

September 28, 2015
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James Longenbach will read from his poetry Oct. 1 at Casper College. (UW-Casper Photo)

The University of Wyoming at Casper will host James Longenbach’s “Lyric Knowledge or the Uses of Poetry” Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in Durham Hall, on the third floor of Aley Hall at Casper College.

A poet as well as an influential literary critic, Longenbach is the Joseph Henry Gilmore professor of English at the University of Rochester, and the Bain-Swiggett professor of poetry at Princeton University. His poetry collections include “Threshold” (1998), “Fleet River” (2003), “Draft of a Letter” (2007) and “The Iron Key” (2010).

Influenced by W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens, he connects ordinary events with cultural and historical references such as myths, wars, Venice and Petrarch. Longenbach’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and several editions of The Best American Poetry. His essays and reviews of contemporary poetry have been published in The Boston Review, The Nation and The New York Times.

The presentation will include Stevens’ “No Possum, No Sop, No Tatters” and “The Auroras of Autumn”; Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”; William Shakespeare’s “94th Sonnet”; Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses”; passages of prose from Ernest Hemingway’s “In Our Time”; and James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

After the presentation, Longenbach will answer questions from the audience, followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, email Arielle Zibrak at

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