Conference Program

Below, please find a tentative version of the conference schedule:

this need to dance / this need to kneel:
The Poetry and Poetic Life of Denise Levertov

23-24 October 2015
Regents Hall & Beane Hall, Lewis Towers
Water Tower Campus, Loyola University Chicago

Friday, October 23

8:00-8:45 Registration

9:00-10:00 Plenary Speaker: Kevin F. Burke, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
“‘still there and always there’: The Drama of Faith in the Life of Denise Levertov”
Introduced by Mark Bosco, S.J., Director of the Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University Chicago

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Writing the Poet’s Life: A Conversation with Levertov’s Biographers Dana Greene (Oxford College of Emory University) &
Donna Hollenberg (University of Connecticut)
Moderator: Edwin Block, Marquette University

Noon-1:30 Lunch Break in the city

1:30-3:00 Panel Papers I: Levertov and the Spell of the Hispanic
Chair: Susana Cavallo, Loyola University Chicago
1. Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández, University of Córdoba, Spain, “Levertov’s Materials at Stanford and Prospective Research Lines”
2. José Manuel Rodríguez Herrera, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, “‘I heard flowers that sounded and saw notes that shone’: Translating Sands of the Well into Spanish”
3. Anne Dewey, St. Louis University, Madrid Campus, “Mexico as a Place of Exile in Levertov’s Life in the Forest”

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Panel Papers II: Levertov and Aesthetic Making
Chair: Joyce Wexler, Loyola University Chicago
1. Michael Murphy, Loyola University Chicago, “Fragile Beauty: Grace and Tension in Denise Levertov’s Eco-Theological Poetics”
2. Julia D. E. Prinz, Santa Clara University, “Loss and Memory, Mist, Grief and Grey in Poetry and Photography”
3. Cynthia Wallace, University of Saskatchewan, “‘passionate / reverence, active love’: Levertov and Weil in the Communion of Struggle”

5:15-6:15 Plenary Speaker: Mary Gordon,
“Denise Levertov: The Uses of Outrage”
Introduced by Sherrie Weller, Loyola University Chicago

6:30-8:30 Dinner, Poet’s Hour, and Musical Settings of Levertov’s Work
(Registration for this event is closed)
Angela O’Donnell, Fordham University
Emily Warn, Poet and Independent Scholar
David Shaddock, Poet and Psychotherapist
Musical settings by composers Susana Cavallo (Chicago) and Stefeno Ratchev (Rome), sung by Delia Surratt, Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center

Saturday, October 24

8:00-8:45 Registration

9:00-10:30 Panel Papers III: Levertov and the Aesthetics of Devotion
Chair: Brett Beasley, Loyola University Chicago
1. Chiyuma Elliott, UC Berkeley, “The End: Devotional Assertions, Religious Attention and Denise Levertov’s Poetics of Closure”
2. Katie Peterson, UC Davis, “Some Notes on ‘Some Notes on Organic Form’ Concerning Experience and Perception,” or “Mind the Gap: A Ghost Story for Writers”
3. Colby Dickinson, Loyola University Chicago, “On poetic self-creation and the sacramental imagination: Denise Levertov’s formulation of a distinctive spirituality”

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Plenary Discussion: Levertov’s Achievement
Chair: Melissa Bradshaw, Loyola University Chicago
1. Emily Warn, Poet and Independent Scholar
2. David Shaddock, Poet and Psychotherapist
3. Murray Bodo, (via previously taped video)

12:30-2:00 Catered Lunch and Poetry Hour
(Registration for this event is closed)
Brett Foster, Wheaton University
Aaron Baker, Loyola University Chicago
Katie Peterson, University of California at Davis
Musical guest, Joshua Zepeda, “Agnus Dei”

2:00-3:30 Panel Papers IV: Levertov, Being, and Mystic Journey
Chair: Cynthia Wallace, University of Saskatchewan
1. Elisabeth Joyce, Edinboro University, “‘Moments of Vision’: The Mystical Phenomenology of Denise Levertov”
2. Elisabeth Bayley, Loyola University Chicago, “Exploration of the ‘Sublime Paradox’ in Denise Levertov’s Poem ‘The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich, 1342-1416”
3. Brent Little, Loyola University Chicago, “Levertov’s Poetic God of Hospitality”
3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Closing Plenary: Albert Gelpi, Stanford University
“The Poem as Sacrament”
Introduced by Michael P. Murphy, Loyola University Chicago

5:00-6:00 Prosecco Reception


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