What place do our oldest stories have in twenty-first century poetry? How can contemporary lyric make and unmake myths of its own? In this talk on his manuscript in progress, SAGES Fellow and poet Dave Lucas calls upon the wisdom and failures of these texts to reckon with our own moment in human history, in which we seem collectively balanced on the brink of anthropological and ecological disaster of mythic proportions.
About the Speaker:
Dave Lucas is a writer, teacher, and promoter of the literary arts. Born and raised in Cleveland, he studied literature and poetry at John Carroll University (BA, 2002), the University of Virginia (MFA, 2004), and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2014). His first book, Weather (Georgia, 2011), received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He has contributed both to regional (Belt, Cleveland Magazine, Edible Cleveland, The Plain Dealer) and national (Granta Online, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Orion, The Paris Review, Poetry, Slate, The Threepenny Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review) publications. A co-founder of the Brews + Prose literary series at Market Garden Brewery, he also teaches at the Sweet Briar Creative Writing Conference, the John Carroll Young Writers Workshop, and the Cleveland Clinic Program in Medical Humanities.