2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Title

Spin in Place, Bury Our Years: An Iowan Lyr

Award Winner

Recipient of the 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Scholarship Award, Creative Performances - Second Place (2019)

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Presentation Type

Creative Performance

Abstract

Pulling from my most recent poetry chapbook, Spin in Place, Bury Our Years, I will give multimedia presentations of different selections from the collection. All of these selections examine the relationship our bodies and mind have to place. Specifically, these poems examine what it means to be a first-generation academic from a blue-collar background, and how that blue-collar background, in turn, can shape an academic career as well as day-to-day life in an ever-changing nation. The specific place influencing this work is my hometown, Dubuque, Iowa, which has been ranked the fourteenth drunkest city in America on multiple occasions. Along with the explicit commentary on working-class backgrounds, these poems discuss the toxic masculinity present in these backgrounds, and how that feeds into substance reliance.

Start Date

3-4-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 2:00 AM

Year of Award

2019 Award

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-30-2019

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Apr 3rd, 12:00 PM Apr 3rd, 2:00 AM

Spin in Place, Bury Our Years: An Iowan Lyr

Pulling from my most recent poetry chapbook, Spin in Place, Bury Our Years, I will give multimedia presentations of different selections from the collection. All of these selections examine the relationship our bodies and mind have to place. Specifically, these poems examine what it means to be a first-generation academic from a blue-collar background, and how that blue-collar background, in turn, can shape an academic career as well as day-to-day life in an ever-changing nation. The specific place influencing this work is my hometown, Dubuque, Iowa, which has been ranked the fourteenth drunkest city in America on multiple occasions. Along with the explicit commentary on working-class backgrounds, these poems discuss the toxic masculinity present in these backgrounds, and how that feeds into substance reliance.