For millennia, poets have changed much more than literary conventions. They've had their hand in shaping society, history and the way we experience the world. Here at Hobart and William Smith, two faculty poets are involved in reinventing our campus.
On Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the library's first floor's West Wing, Assistant Professor James McCorkle and Assistant Professor Karl Parker will be the first to bring a whole new use to The Warren Hunting Smith Library.
“Professors Parker and McCorkle are the first to give a poetry reading sponsored by the library,” says Reference Librarian Michael Hunter, who is organizing the event. “This reading will inaugurate a series of library sponsored gatherings that will open the library in a new way, and we hope that it's the first of many similar events.”
The series is part of the ongoing learning commons initiative, which will redesign the library ï¿½ both in the physical space and in the library's approach to academic and extracurricular learning.
At the event, McCorkle will read from “Evidences,” winner of the American Poetry Association's prestigious 2003 Honickman First Book Prize; Parker will give the audience a preview of his upcoming collection, “Personations.”
McCorkle '76 is the author of “Evidences” and “Still Performance: Writing, Self, and Interconnection in Five Postmodern American Poets.” He recently read from his work at the Geneva Public Library, as a part of the Musical Moments series. He holds a master's and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and has long been actively involved with the Geneva community and has previously offered numerous poetry readings at local schools. He joined HWS in 1992.
Parker's “Personations” is due to be published this spring. He joined HWS in 2005 and holds a joint bachelor of arts-bachelor of philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of arts from Cornell and a master of fine arts from the New School. Parker's current scholarly interests include American poetry, The Long Poem and The Carnivalesque. In 2006, his chapbook, “Harmstorm,” was published by Lame House Press.
The public is invited; refreshments will be provided.