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Joseph Parisi, Ph.D., to deliver final SXU Squeaky Weal lecture

Former editor of “Poetry” to comment on women’s influence in literary world

news story imageChicago (March 20, 2008) Joseph Parisi, Ph.D., former editor-in-chief of the magazine Poetry, will deliver the final speech in Saint Xavier University’s 2007–08 Squeaky Weal lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

His lecture, “Between the Lines: An Intimate History of Poetry Magazine and The Revolutions in Modern Verse by Women,” is free and open to the public and will be held in the Butler Reception Room, located in Saint Xavier’s Warde Academic Center.

A widely respected lecturer, Parisi’s 20-year tenure at Poetry has given him a wealth of fascinating inside stories about contemporary poets and poetry. In addition to spinning some of those stories, He will share his conviction that the lives and works of several generations of “bold women” have transformed modern literature.

He will also unveil his newest anthology, 100 Essential Modern Poems by Women. The anthology was edited with Kathleen Welton and was released by Ivan R. Dee, Publisher. It will be available for purchase after the lecture. 

Parisi was editor-in-chief of Poetry from 1983 to 2003. 

Saint Xavier’s Squeaky Weal lecture series explores the role of religion in civic life and the importance of being involved in civic and political issues. The series is sponsored by the Center for Religion and Public Discourse. Parisi’s presentation is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu, or visit http://www.sxu.edu/.


Contact: Rick Ducat 
773-298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu