Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • The Eberhardt Colloquium in Honor of the Writing of Kenneth Irby on the Occasion of his 75th Birthday
  • Symposium
  • 11/5/2011
  • 09:00-17:00
  • Kansas Union
  • Host: Department of English, Department of English, Hall Center for the Humanities, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
The Shelley Memorial Award-winning poet and KU faculty member Kenneth Irby turns 75 this year. In the tradition of other events acknowledging major figures in contemporary poetry, such as the May 7, 2011, celebration of Robert Kelly in New York City and that of Amiri Baraka in Newark, New Jersey, in 2009, the Eberhardt Colloquium at the University of Kansas this year is in his honor and celebrates his astonishing oeuvre. Both national and local scholars and poets will examine Irby’s life and work through lectures and panels; poetry readings will celebrate his contribution to American Literature. The day will conclude with a poetry reading by Irby himself.

Featured speakers and presentations include:
Lyn Hejinian, UC-Berkeley, “We Might Say Poetry”
Pierre Joris, SUNY-Albany, “Irby’s Very Own North Atlantic Turbine”
Ben Friedlander, University of Maine, “The Walk to the Paradise Garden”
Denise Low, Haskell Indian Nations University, “Sensory Typ/Topographies: Ken Irby’s Atlas to the World”
Joe Harrington, University of Kansas, “Kansas &/or Oz, in the Poems of Kenneth Irby and Ronald Johnson”

An issue of the online journal Jacket 2 will be devoted to the proceedings, as well as including other solicited essays, letters, and critical remembrances. The issue will be edited by William J. Harris and by Kyle Waugh, co-editor of Irby’s collected poems, The Intent On. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact William J. Harris (wjh8@ku.edu).