The George Oppen Memorial Lecture: Erica Hunt

Saturday, December 12 - 6:00 pm PS to 7:00 pm PST
Remote access event
Erica Hunt at home, seated at her desk in Brooklyn, NY

See the raw video at YouTube before the edited version is posted at Poetry Center Digital Archive

We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome poet, editor, essayist Erica Hunt, who will deliver The Poetry Center's annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, in its 35th iteration since the inaugural talk in 1985. She will appear from her home in New York City. With emcee, Tonya M. Foster.

This remote access event starts promptly at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, and is free and open to the public. Real-Time Captioning provided on request (Media Captioning provided after the event); for reasonable accommodations please contact

The George Oppen Memorial Lecture is supported by the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust.

Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of Local History (Roof Books, 1993), Arcade (Kelsey St. Press, 1996), Piece Logic (Carolina Wren Press, 2002), A Day and Its Approximates (Chax Press, 2013), Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (Belladonna*, 2015), and, most recent, Veronica: A Suite in X Parts (selva oscura press, 2019). Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, and In the American Tree. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics appear in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, The Politics of Poetic Form, and other anthologies. With Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt co-edited the landmark anthology Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing (Kore Press, 2018). Hunt's Jump the Clock: New & Selected Poems, is due this Fall from Nightboat Books.

Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation, and is a past fellow of the Duke University / University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Past writer in residence in the Contemporary Poetics / Creative Writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Bard College's MFA program, she has taught at Wesleyan University, and was a repeat faculty member at Cave Canem Retreat, a Workshop for Black Writers, from 2004 to 2015. She is presently teaching at Brown University.

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