March 15, 2021 at 7PM: Reading and Craft Talk with Author Catherine Pierce


Author Catherine Pierce, Reading and Craft Talk, 7 PM, Thursday, April 15, 2021

Catherine Pierce is the author of four books of poetry. Her most recent book, Danger Days, was published in 2020 by Saturnalia Press. Her previous books, The Tornado is the World, The Girls of Peculiar, and Famous Last Words, were also published by Saturnalia Press.

Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, the New York Times, American Poetry Review, The Nation, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. A 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize winner, she is a professor of English at Mississippi State University, where she co-directs the creative writing program. Additional information about the author is available at:

The reading and craft talk will take place virtually with details to follow.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Boudreaux Foundation

2/25/2021 – Hester Blum, “A Humanist in the Northwest Passage”

Hester Blum (Penn State): Annual Literature and Cultural Theory program lecture events, February 25-26.

A full schedule of events:

Please email Mark Netzloff ( for zoom links for all events.

Thursday, 2/25, 3:30-5:00, public lecture: “A Humanist in the Northwest Passage,” with a reception to follow (5:00-6:00).

Friday, 2/26, 11:00-12:00: meeting with graduate students.

Friday, 2/26, 12:00-1:00: brown bag discussion of pre-circulated essay, “I, Nuligak and Indigenous Arctic Temporalities,” in conjunction with C21.  Please email Mark Netzloff ( for a copy of the essay.

Hester Blum is a Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.  Her work, which traverses nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture and environmental humanities, focuses on oceanic and polar studies, book history and material text studies, Herman Melville, and nineteenth-century prose.  She is the author of The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration (Duke, 2019), The View from the Mast-Head: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives (North Carolina, 2008), and is currently at work on two new book projects: Ice Ages, about the temporalities of ice in an epoch of anthropogenic climate change, and Castaways, a meditation on “female Robinson Crusoes.”

“A Humanist in the Northwest Passage”:

In the summer of 2019, Hester Blum was the lone humanist on a scientific expedition tracking climate change in the Northwest Passage. Drawn from her experience on the icebreaker, Blum’s talk offers a meditation on ice as a measure for visualizing, writing about, mourning, and mediating the state of the climate in an age of ecological and institutional crisis.