Dunkerley Dialogue with Sumita Chakraborty and Maggie Greaves

A woman with long dark hair that hangs over her right shoulder wears glasses, a golden necklace, and a purple sweater. She looks to her left with a big grin.
Sumita Chakraborty, photo by Ashley Chupp.

Join us on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 pm, for a Dunkerley Dialogue with poet Sumita Chakraborty and Skidmore Associate Professor of English Maggie Greaves. Greaves, a co-curator for Parallax: Framing the Cosmos, will be in discussion with Chakraborty about the poet’s creative and scholarly work on the intersections of outer space, ecology, race, and gender.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversation format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at North Carolina State University. She is the author of the poetry collection Arrow (Alice James Books (U.S.)/Carcanet Press (U.K.), 2020), which received coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Guardian. Her first scholarly book, Grave Dangers: Poetics and the Ethics of Death in the Anthropocene, is in progress and under advance contract with the University of Minnesota Press. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2019, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Rumpus, The Offing, and elsewhere. Her essays most frequently appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Maggie Greaves is an associate professor of English at Skidmore College. Her research focuses on contemporary poetry and the history of science. Her book, Lyric Poetry and Space Exploration from Einstein to the Present (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023), uncovers the surprising cultural role poetry has played in space exploration, as well as the impact of astronomical discovery on poetic craft. Her essays on poetry and poetics have appeared in Contemporary Literature, The Journal of Modern Literature, College Literature, and elsewhere; her poems have appeared recently in North American Review and Rust + Moth. At Skidmore, she has taught over 12 different courses, ranging from Irish Literature to an expository writing class on outer space.

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