Jessica Fisher Explores Poetry and the Work of Feeling

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 5, 2021—Jessica Fisher, associate professor of English and a widely published writer, will present “The Faraway Brought Close: Poetry and the Work of Feeling,” as part of the Faculty Lecture Series at Williams College. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be presented online via Zoom on Thursday, March 11, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

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Fisher is the author of two collections of poetry: Frail-Craft, which won the 2006 Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Inmost, which was awarded the 2011 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Bennington Review, The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewTin House, and The Yale Review, and her translations have been published in The New York Review of Books and The Paris Review. She was awarded the 2012 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature, a Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poetry, and a research grant from the Hellman Foundation. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley.

This talk is presented as part of the spring 2021 Faculty Lecture Series. The series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The Faculty Lecture Series is organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The next lectures in the series will be offered on March 18, 25, and April 1, beginning at 4:15 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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Published March 5, 2021