The Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage is pleased to announce an international conference devoted to the life and work of the poet Denise Levertov (1923-1997). “this need to dance / this need to kneel”: The Poetry and Poetic Life of Denise Levertov will take place October 23-24, 2015.

We have lined up an impressive array of plenary speakers, including Levertov biographers Donna Hollenberg and Dana Greene, novelist Mary Gordon, poets Emily Warn and David Shaddock, and critics Albert Gelpi and Anne Dewey. Many of our invited speakers knew Levertov personally, and will speak of their memories of the poet and her continued influence on their work. We have also received paper proposals from scholars world-wide, and are preparing two days of talks discussing Levertov’s poetry and faith, her fearless engagement with the political in her work, and her commitment to environmental issues. Additionally, the conference will feature poetry readings by several of our participants, as well as musical adaptations done by contemporary composers. We are delighted to feature the renowned soprano Delia Surratt.

To register for the conference, please go to our Conference Registration page.

To check out a (tentative) version of our conference program, please go to our Conference Program page.

To find accommodation options for your stay in Chicago, please go to our Conference Space & Accommodations page.

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