Finding Poetry in Animals: Poetry Reading & Workshop

Poetry is a special kind of language and can often render meanings behind the everyday surfaces of our encounters.  Dr. Jane Desmond, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leads a workshop exploring how poetry about animals can serve as a kind of ethnographic lens, a way of knowing based on encounters across species. 

A reading and discussion of selected poems is complemented by a hands-on workshop where participants "find" their own poems in existing texts, like riding manuals and fishing lore. Simple instructions, some magic markers, and copies of sample texts from the archives will guarantee success in finding the poetic in the everyday.

$5 Admission | Free for NSLM members

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Dr. Jane Desmond is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she specializes in research on human relations with animals in the United States.  Her most recent book is Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life (Chicago, 2016). While at the NSLM, she will be researching poetry about animals to find out how poetic language can reveal our cross-species encounters in the sporting realm.  In addition to her academic work, Desmond is also a published poet and has written for, the Washington, and the Huffington Post.


(Image Credit:Illustration from, In the Ring of the Rise by Vincent Marinaro (1987). The Gift of George Chapman.)

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