Steve Evans Named 2014 Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics at Naropa University


Steve EvansBoulder, Colo (March 26, 2014): Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics welcomes poet and critic Steve Evans for this year's Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics. Evans's lecture, titled "Driven to Abstraction? Listening for 'Late Style' in Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry," will take place on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. There is no cost.

In his lecture, Evans will examine the concept of "late style," which was derived from Goethe and developed, almost exclusively in relation to male artists, by Adorno, Arnheim, Said, and others. He will test this concept against recent work by Rosmarie Waldrop, Alice Notley, Susan Howe, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Rae Armantrout. These poets are all roughly of Leslie Scalapino's generation (born between the years of 1935 and 1947) and have enjoyed unbroken and interconnected arcs of artistic activity since the late 1960s and early 1970s. Evans asserts that these poets' achievements create a radical revision of the idea of "late" or "mature" style. He will draw examples from the phonotextual, as well as the textual and archive. Following the lecture, Evans will present a curated set of clips of the poets discussed.

Steve Evans was born in 1965 and grew up in southern New Jersey and southern California. He was educated at UC San Diego (BA) and Brown (PhD). Since 1999, he has served on the Poetry and Poetics faculty at the University of Maine, where he also co-directs the National Poetry Foundation, coordinates the New Writing Series, and tends the website His criticism has appeared in The NationThe BafflerThe PokerAerialJacketQui Parle, and his own "Notes to Poetry" project. In 2001 he edited After Patriarchal Poetry: Feminism and the Contemporary Avant-Garde. He is presently at work on a book-length project tentatively titled "The Poetics of Phonotextuality: Timbre, Text, and Technology in Recorded Poetry."

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at  or 303-546-3581 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.