John Wilkinson: Lecture and Poetry Reading


Location: Special Collections Room, 102 Hesburgh Library



John Wilkinson will first offer us a lecture he delivered at Cambridge University over the summer entitled “Repeatable Evanescence,” and then, after a break with wine and cheese and chatter, a reading from his poetry.

4:30: Lecture: “Repeatable Evanescence”

5:30: Wine & cheese reception (undergrads please bring ID)

6:00: Poetry reading

About the author: John Wilkinson is Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago, and Professor Emeritus of English at Notre Dame. His most recent books of poetry include Contrivances (2003), Lake Shore Drive (2006) and Down to Earth (2008). A reissue program of his earlier work began with Proud Flesh (1986/2005). His poetry is represented in the Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2001), and his critical writing has appeared in Cambridge Quarterly, Critical Quarterly, and Chicago Review. A collection of his essays was published in 2007 as The Lyric Touch: Essays on the poetry of excess. John Wilkinson also has a professional and academic background in mental health. He has been Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and during 2007-8 was the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Fellow at The National Humanities Center.