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Thursday, October 10 • 7:30pm - 8:45pm
On Walking: History, Writers, and Poetry

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Cole Swensen’s latest collection of poetry, On Walking On, uses a captivating mixture of poetry, historical research, and micro-essays to examine walking--particularly writers for whom walking was a daily habit. From Chaucer to Wordsworth and Thoreau to Woolf, Swensen has created a sprawling anthology of writers who were walkers, and of the changing landscape on which they left their footprints. Publisher’s Weekly calls On Walking On a “sonorous and attentive collection... These poems get into the body, turning the reader’s attention to Swenson’s long, steadily percussive lines.” Sponsored by the Creative Writing program.

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Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award... Read More →