Master of Liberal Arts & Science

Saturday University for Spring 2014

Rhyme and Reason: Three Saturday University Poetry Sessions

With David Wojahn, Carrie Jerrell, and Eavan Boland

In collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program

February 1, March 29, and April 12, 2014
Announcing Saturday University for Spring 2014: three distinct poetry workshops designed for lifelong learners in the Nashville community. Following the tremendous success of our Billy Collins Poetry Residency and our recent Saturday University lecture series, we have invited three poets who will be visiting our MFA classes this Spring to present poetry workshops for Saturday University. 

For poetry lovers, aspiring writers, teachers in our local middle and high schools, inquisitive adults wishing to explore a wholly new adventure, Rhyme and Reason with these three highly regarded, award-winning poets will present a penetrating between-the-lines, up-close-and-personal look at the mechanics and craft of poetry.

Saturday University – for adult learners eager to rediscover the joy of education for its own sake, without entrance exams, homework assignments, or final papers – was instituted to present academic outreach to our community. Saturday University is designed to fill the niche between the single lecture and a full degree program. A lecture series held on Saturday mornings, this is a non-degree program for those in the community who want to sharpen their own engagement in lifelong learning.

Saturday University has been a success from its inception, allowing us to showcase Vanderbilt faculty, research centers and programs.  Whether it has been our Life’s Big Questions: and Philosophy’s Answers with Professors Lachs, Oliver, Aikin, and Hodges; De-Coding the 2012 Election sessions with Professors Geer and Oppenheimer; the Immigration lecture series with Professors Donato, Gerstle, Barsky and Pierre; or the fall 2011 sessions with Billy Collins, Saturday University has been a vital activity for Nashville’s lifelong learners.  Past sessions have highlighted the Center for Medicine, Health & Society; the Center for Study of Democratic Institutions; the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment; and History of Art faculty and the Vanderbilt Art Collection. In addition to its community outreach, Saturday University has been welcomed by MLAS students and alumni, as another way for them to stay connected with Vanderbilt.

» Saturday University 2014 Spring registration form


February 1st:  David Wojahn is the author of eight collections of poetry. which include Icehouse Lights (1982); Glassworks (1987); Mystery Train (1990); Late Empire (1994); The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002); Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004 (2006), His collection World Tree (2011) was the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.
He is also the author of a collection of essays on contemporary poetry, Strange Good Fortune (2001), editor of A Profile of 20th Century American Poetry (1991), and editor of two posthumous collections of his wife, Lynda Hull, poetry, The Only World (1995) and Collected Poems (2006).

He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Indiana Arts Commission.

He was educated at the University of Minnesota ad the University of Arizona.

He is presently Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

March 29th: Carrie Jerrell's debut collection, After the Revival, received the 2008 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and is published by Waywiser Press. A graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and Texas Tech University, she is an assistant professor at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, coordinator of Undergraduate Creative Writing and Associate Director of the MFA Program.  She also serves as the poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. During her summers, she can be found in Tennessee, working as the Coordinator for the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference and on the staff of the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

April 12th: Eavan Boland is author of over 23 collections of poetry, including New Collected Poems (2008), Domestic Violence (2007), Against Love Poems, issued as Code in the UK (2001), The Lost Land (1998), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (1996), In a Time of Violence (1994), A Dozen Lips (1994), Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990 (1990), The Journey and Other Poems (1986), Night Feed (1982), In Her Own Image (1980) and The War Horse (1975).
In addition to her poetry, she is also the author of A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet (2011), Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (1995), a volume of prose, After Every War (Princeton, 2004), an anthology of German women poets, and she co-edited The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000).

Her awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award.

She has taught at Trinity College, University College, Bowdoin College, and she was a member of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She is also a regular reviewer for the Irish Times.
She is currently a professor of English at Stanford University where she directs the creative writing program.

Lectures will be held over three Saturdays. Each session will include lecture plus Q&A.  Sessions run from 9:30 – 11:30 on February 1st, March 29th , and April 12th. The total fee is $75. We anticipate a huge demand for these sessions. Space is limited, so send in your registration soon.

All lectures will be held in Cohen Hall, situated on the Peabody side of campus.  Ample, nearby parking is available in the lot behind Cohen adjacent 21st Avenue South. Cohen Hall is easily accessible from this parking lot.

For more information, contact Martin Rapisarda,
associate dean for Arts & Science, at 615.343.3140