Americanist Dinner Forum: "The Sonic Chaos of Memory: A Conversation with Alison Rollins"

West Campus, Conference Room A/B, 6:30pm-8:00pm



Born and raised in St. Louis, Alison Rollins is an acclaimed educator, librarian, and poet.  Her poetry explores issues of race, culture, and identity, including the city’s racial landscape, and has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and second prizewinner of the 2016 James H. Nash Poetry contest.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewMeridianMissouri ReviewThe OffingPoetryThe Poetry ReviewRiver StyxSolstice, Tupelo Quarterly, and Vinyl

For this Dinner Forum, Rollins will workshop poems on historical understandings of memory and issues of trauma, materiality, bodies, and race.

The forum discussant, Aaron Coleman, is a PhD student in the Comparative Literature Program's Track for International Writers at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, and a full-length collection, Threat Come Close.  His poetry has won many awards and appeared in Boston Review, Fence, and New York Times Magazine.

The Americanist Dinner Fora are the flagship intellectual event for the AMCS community. Each month features a new set of speakers exploring a topic relevant to American Studies through the medium of a selected reading. The reading will be circulated the week prior. AMCS graduate students are expected to attend each of the fora, and AMCS Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend.

RSVPs are due to by Friday, February 9th.

Jennifer Gallinat

Administrative Coordinator