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Conference: A Celebration of Robert Penn Warren’s Poetry


Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall, Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, D.C.
The Department of English will present a two-day conference dedicated to the work of acclaimed poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren. During his career Warren won the Pulitzer Prize three times: for his novel All the King’s Men and for his poetry collections Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 and Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978. He served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1972 to 1988. In 1986, Warren was named the first U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He died in 1989.

The conference will feature four seminars dedicated to different periods in Warren’s career:

  • Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon, the beginning of Warren’s career to 1943
  • Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., 1943 to 1966
  • Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, 1966 to 1975
  • Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., 1975 to 1989

Those participating in the conference include Charlotte Beck, lecturer of English at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort; William Bedford Clark, professor of English at Texas A&M University; John Burt, professor of English at Brandeis University; Randy Hendricks, professor and chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia; James Perkins, professor emeritus of English at Westminster College; Dave Smith, Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry and chair of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University; Victor Strandberg, professor of English at Duke University; and Ernest Suarez, chair and professor of English at CUA.

In addition to participating in the seminars, Burt and Smith will do a poetry reading at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Students will do readings of Warren’s poems throughout the conference.

The event is free and open to the public. Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact For more information, contact the Department of English at 202-319-5488. 

SPONSOR: Department of English


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