Monday, January 10, 2011

Reading this Friday, 1/14, with Patty Seyburn and Tim Staley

The next reading in the La Sociedad Para Las Artes Nelson/Boswell Reading Series will feature poet Patty Seyburn, reading with NMSU MFA alumni and poet Tim Staley. Patty Seyburn is the author of Hilarity (Western Michigan University, 2009).
Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). She also edits the journal POOL.

The reading will take place on Friday, January 14th, at 7:30 pm in the new auditorium in the Health and Social Services building (located in the new addition to the CHHS building), with a reception to follow. The CHHS building is located at 1335 International Mall.  Subsequent readings for the semester will take place in Hardman 106. 

In addition to her reading, Patty Seyburn will be giving a craft talk about humor in poetry on Saturday, January 15th at 11 am in the Emerson Room in Clara Belle Williams Hall. The craft talk is described as follows: 

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Humor in Poetry": the role of
wit, laughter, pathos, jokes, irony, and comic relief. How, why and when to be funny in a poem. When it works, when it backfires. When humor is a strength, when it is a crutch. The issue of timing; the relationship  between humor and form. How "funny" functions in lyric
versus narrative. The connection between humor and ... human connection within a poem. Humor and the voice/consciousness of a poem.

 If you live in or around Southern NM, we hope to see you at both the reading and the craft talk.

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