Through its Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, the National Science Foundation sends artists like former Utah State Poet Laureate Katharine Coles to Antarctic science stations, where they make art. In putting poets and scientists together in such an extreme place to do their work, the program raises questions about what the different disciplines do, how they do it, and what if anything their practitioners may have in common. In her collection of poems inspired by her trip to Antarctica, The Earth Is Not Flat, Coles engages the landscape, the people, the science, and the overwhelming experience of that extreme and beautiful landscape. Coles will discuss her time at Palmer Station and read poems from her collection during her presentation.
Katharine Coles’ fifth poetry collection, The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen 2013), was written under the auspices of the NSF’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. In 2009-10, she served as the Inaugural Director of the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. A former Utah State Poet Laureate, she is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow for 2012-13.
Coles will be signing copies of The Earth is Not Flat after the lecture.
Copies will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.
Light refreshments will be served.
Included in Museum Admission