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Published on Dec 14, 2015
Poetry and Historical Memory April 24, 2013
Two prominent poets and thinkers, one the Pulitzer Prize winning current U.S. Poet Laureate, read from their work and discuss the relationship between poetry and historical memory. How should writers approach historical events? What is the role of research? Are there limits to the transformation of one's materials? What are the costs of bearing witness?
Natasha Trethewey Pulitzer Prize Winning U.S. Poet Laureate; Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emory University
Christopher Merrill Poet; Director, International Writing Program, University of Iowa