Chadwick Distinguished Lecture: Michael Snediker

April 15, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mānoa Campus, UHM Art Auditorium Add to Calendar

Joseph K. Chadwick Distinguished Lecture Series

Michael Snediker

“Prodigal Son (Midway along the Pathway): The Poetry of Jack Spicer”
Book-signing and refreshments to follow

A reconsideration of the poetry of Jack Spicer, queer mid-20th-century poet of the Berkeley Renaissance. Snediker will give especial attention to Spicer’s earlier work, which often is eclipsed by his later book-length serial poems.

Michael Snediker is a Queen’s National Scholar Assistant Professor in American Literature at Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario. His first book, Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and other Felicitous Persuasions (2009) was published by the University of Minnesota Press. It has been nominated for the MLA First Book Prize, the Alan Bray Prize for that year’s best work of gay/lesbian literary critcism, and Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Prize for that year’s best work in literary criticism.

His poetry and creative non-fiction have been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes and his latest poetry manuscript, Bourdon, is forthcoming from White Rabbit Press. His second book, The Aesthetics of Disability: Figurative Contingency and American Literature, is under advance contract with the University of Minnesota Press. In addition to his ongoing work in queer theory and disability theory, Snediker currently is working on articles and essays on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Mark Rothko, Gertrude Stein, and the British psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott.

The Joseph Keene Chadwick Lecture Series. Born in California in 1954, Joseph Keene Chadwick was an Associate Professor of English when he died in Hawai‘i in 1992. The Joseph Keene Chadwick endowment supports the Joseph Keene Chadwick Lecture Series at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, an annual series of lectures in the areas most associated with Chadwick’s work: gay studies, Irish studies, multiculturalism and emergent literatures, creative writing, and translation studies.

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