January Reading Group (2019)

Join us on 30th January when Lila Matsumoto (University of Nottingham) will lead a discussion of Anne Boyer’s essay ‘How to Go From Poetry to Art/ How to Go from Art to Poetry’ and Jane Bennett’s essay ‘The Force of Things’ from Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Lila will open up a conversation about the role of material objects in poetics, and what poetry may gain from engaging with what Jane Bennett calls the ‘vital materialities’ of our world. Does a deep engagement with objects lie only in the domain of artists; what kind of fruitful osmosis may take place between poetry and visual art in approaches to objects? There will be a writing exercise as part of this discussion.


This session will run from 5.30-7pm at Nottingham Trent University, Newton Building, City Campus, NEWN41. 

To confirm attendance and receive reading materials, please email joanne.dixon@ntu.ac.uk


Lila Matsumoto is Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at University of Nottingham. Her poetry book Urn & Drum is published by Shearsman. Lila is co-organiser of ‘Modernist Art Writing/Writing Modernist Art’, an interdisciplinary conference which will be held at University of Nottingham, 24-25 June 2019. https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/clas/modernist-art-writing/index.aspx