Harris Feinsod is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (2017), the co-translator, with Rachel Galvin, of Oliverio Girondo’s Decals: Complete Early Poems (2018), and the director of Open Door Archive. He is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where his project is entitled “Into Steam: The Worlds of Maritime Modernism.” Recent essays on modern and contemporary poetry appear in Chicago Review, ELN, MLQ, and Post45. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Brown (A.B.) and Stanford (PhD).
The lecture title is "Fifth and Final Cycle: C.D. Wright's Americas"
C.D. Wright’s poetry is justly celebrated for its inimitable blend of avant-garde forms and Southern regionalism, encompassing the language, customs, and landscapes of the Gulf South and the Ozark Mountains, where she was born. Yet these poems, alongside her under-appreciated editorial and translation work with Forrest Gander, also includes subterranean currents of relation to the literary cultures of Mexico, Chile, the Caribbean, and the transnational perspectives compelled by the age of NAFTA (especially the rapid expansion of competing Arkansan perspectives like those of the Waltons and the Clintons). This talk outlines a way of understanding Wright not only as a regional American poet but as a hemispheric “poet of the Americas,” in a complex network of relation with writers as various as Besmilr Brigham, Kamau Brathwaite, Valerie Mejer, and Raúl Zurita, and with the uneven histories of globalization against which she posited some of her indelible poetic ideas.