Spring 2020

Past Events

March 07, 2020


The Lantern
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027


© Dorothea Lasky

Jordan AbelAbigail ChabitnoyCAConradMatthea HarveyDouglas KearneyShane McCraeLuna MiguelCecilia PavónCelina SuPhillip B. Williams, and Lynn Xu.

Organized by Dorothea Lasky, Writing.

11:00 am - 5:45 pm


In this symposium, poets explored the symbol of water, and its many ramifications in their lives. Water, both ephemeral and timeless, carries with it its own history. It connects us to our ancestors and to our future. Most importantly, it is a form that is intrinsically connected to poetry, with poetry’s watery and associative, fluid, electrified, and occult properties. During this daylong event, participants considered: What is a poetry of water? What does a world look like without water? How can poets save the planet? 


11:00 am: Welcome and Introduction

Dorothea Lasky


11:15 am–12:45 pm: Poetry, Water, Place, Space, and Time

Abigail Chabitnoy, Matthea Harvey, Celina Su


1:00–2:30 pm: The Eternal Lake

CAConrad, Luna Miguel, Phillip B. Williams


2:45–4:15 pm: The Fluid Cycle of Electricity and Magic 

Jordan Abel, Douglas Kearney, Cecilia Pavón


4:30–5:45: Poetry Readings 

Jordan Abel, Abigail Chabitnoy, CAConrad, Matthea Harvey, Douglas Kearney, Luna Miguel, Shane McCrae, Cecilia Pavón, Phillip B. Williams, and Lynn Xu


This event was made possible by the Katherine Garrison Chapin Seminars in Poetry and a Lenfest Junior Faculty Grant.


Watch the full event online now