Dr. Bill Fogarty of UCF’s English department presents an overview of his work which explores the relationships between modern and contemporary English-language poetry and real-world experiences and phenomena. He will discuss his recently published book, a study of later-twentieth and twenty-first century English-language poetry that brings to light the social and political dynamics when different forms of everyday speech from marginalized communities create various forms of poetry, from the traditional to the experimental. Dr. Fogarty will then discuss his current book project, Queer Light: Forms of Knowledge in Contemporary American Poetry. This work-in-progress examines poems by queer poets who represent some of the most prominent practitioners of the genre in order to understand how forms of poetry can express and even produce forms of knowledge, intelligence, and perception unique to queer life.
Dr. Bill Fogarty is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Florida. His first book, The Politics of Speech in Later Twentieth-Century Poetry: Local Tongues in Heaney, Brooks, Harrison, and Clifton was published in late 2022. He has published essays on various aspects of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics in Twentieth-Century Literature, The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Comparatist, and The Journal of Working-Class Studies. He has chapters forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of Robert Frost, Unsettling Poetry Pedagogy, and The Frontier of Writing: A Study of Seamus Heaney’s Prose.