Friday, March 21, 2014


What: Tyrone Williams Poetry Reading and Discussion
Date: Thursday, 27 March 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Location: Case Western Reserve University Room: Guilford Hall Parlor(map)

Join us for an evening of poetry with Tyrone Williams. He will read from his most recent collection Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011), as well as other work. His performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

This event is free and open to the public.

It would be very much appreciated if you could spread this announcement and/or word of the event over the course of the next few days.

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). His website is at

UPDATE 21 MAR 2014

For next class session, please read Tyrone Williams' Adventures in Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and be prepared to discuss the collection.

Additionally, you will need to turn in a hard-copy of a typed, two-page, double-space response to the book. Your response essay should engage Williams' book using one of the critical articles, essays, or chapters we've read so far this semester. To do so, please look at how writers such as Stephen Burt, Richard Hugo, Philip Larkin, James Longenbach, Richard Archambeau, or Elisa Gabbert critically engage with a poem. Think of their writing as a model for how you can approach Williams' book. Ultimately, you'll want to provide a close reading of one of two poems in the collection that are emblematic of Adventures in Pi's broader concerns or aesthetic traits.

In addition to being two-pages, double-spaced and typed, your responses should be in 12-point Times New Roman font with standard one inch margins. Your name should appear in the top, right-hand corner and the essay should be formatted according to MLA-stlye guidelines. To this end, you should be properly quoting both Williams' book and at least one of the articles.

By Wednesday 26 March at 12pm, everyone should email three questions that they would like to ask Williams after her reading. These questions should engage his poems and the critical readings directly; moreover, they should be formed in such a manner that they will prompt extended discussion, not just "Yes" or "No" answers. I will read over your questions and provide feedback for how they can be improved. You will be expected to ask all the poets questions after their readings.

On Tuesday 18 March, instead of having a regular class session, Tyrone Williams will be reading. I will provide more information regarding the reading over spring break via email.