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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is thrilled to present “Poetry as Public Memory,” a panel discussion featuring a trio of scholars whose work centers on the intersection of rhetoric, poetry, and communications:

How do we create and convey a unified sense of public memory? Is it possible to compose public memory in this way? And what role does poetry play in the discussion? 

“Poetry as Public Memory” will take place Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 pm, in the Atrium space of PCA&D. The event is open to the general public; masks are required to comply with campus-wide health and safety regulations. The College welcomes a panel of three scholars to the discussion: 

Jennie Keohane is assistant professor of communication in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore. Her scholarship on public memory has appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication and is forthcoming in the Western Journal of Communication. She has also published scholarly essays on rhetoric and history in the Journal for the History of Rhetoric and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Steven Leyva’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

Joseph Ross is the author of four books of poetry: Raising King (2020), Ache (2017), Gospel of Dust (2013) and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems have appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Xavier Review, Poet Lore, and Drumvoices Revue. He won the 2012 Pratt Library / Little Patuxent Review Prize for his poem “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God.” He currently serves on the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where he teaches English. He writes regularly at www.JosephRoss.net.

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