History & Forms of Lyric

The History & Forms of Lyric is a scholarly lecture series about current discussions of poetry and poetics across disciplines. 

The visitors for this year are:

Jonathan Skinner

Jonathan Skinner is a poet, field recordist, editor, and critic, best known for founding the journal ecopoetics. His poetry collections and chapbooks include Chip Calls (Little Red Leaves, 2014), Birds of Tifft (BlazeVOX, 2011), Warblers (Albion Books, 2010), and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He has published numerous essays at the intersection of poetry, ecology, activism, landscape and sound studies. Skinner teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. 


Derek Attridge

Derek Attridge obtained degrees from the Universities of Natal and Cambridge and taught at Southampton, Strathclyde, and Rutgers Universities before moving to the University of York, UK, where he is Emeritus Professor of English and Related Literature. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books on poetic form, literary theory, and South African and Irish literature, and has edited or co-edited eleven books on similar topics. Among his publications are The Rhythms of English Poetry, Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction, and Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry. His most recent book is The Experience of Poetry: From Homer’s Listeners to Shakespeare’s Readers (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has held fellowships or visiting professorships in the USA, South Africa, France, Italy, Egypt and Australia, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.


Jennifer Scappettone

Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, translator, and scholar devoted to the cross-contamination of these practices as modes of inquiry, on the page and off. Her poetics encompass trans- and semilinguistic forms of making such as ripping, salvage, pixelating, filming, embodied performance, soundscape production, and choral recitation, often in relation to documentary projects. She is currently working on the second book of a diptych scoring the environmental, health, and affective impacts of transnational extraction and trash economies. She teaches courses on poetry, book arts and cross-media writing, experimental translation, documentary and social practice, architecture and urbanism, ecopoetics and environmental humanities.