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Lunch Discussion on "The Vocation of the Poet: Humanism, Christianity, and Verse"

May 12, 2022
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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James Matthew WilsonUniversity of Saint Thomas, Houston

Open to current students and faculty. Others interested in joining should contact us. Lunch will be served.

Join us for a lunch discussion with poet and professor James Matthew Wilson (University of St. Thomas, Houston)

Poetry is, at best, a marginal art form in contemporary America, and yet its craft, technique, and tradition are all provocations to reconsider what it means to live a whole, formed life and what it means to encounter, contemplate, and understand reality. In this informal conversation, Professor Wilson will share his own experience of discovering the craft and vocation of verse and we'll consider what poetry has to teach us about the nature of humanistic learning and that which deepens and transcends it, the theological dimension of the intellectual and spiritual life.

James Matthew Wilson is Professor of Humanities and the Founding Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing , at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from the University of Massachusetts, and an MFA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. Wilson is a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things,The Wall Street Journal‚Äč, The Hudson Review, Modern AgeThe New CriterionDappled ThingsMeasureThe Weekly StandardFront Porch RepublicThe Raintown ReviewNational Review, and The American Conservative. He has published ten books, including most recently, The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2020) and the poetic sequence, The River of the Immaculate Conception (Wiseblood, 2019).