2019 Symposium

The Subjects of Poems
Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New Criterion, and other journals. His collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. He has been anthologized in Poetry 180 (Billy Collins, ed.), Fathers (David Ray, ed.), and other volumes. He holds a master’s degree in musicology from Cornell University and has taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. His Why Bach?, a guide to and appreciation of Bach’s music, is available on the Internet.

Swift-footed Achilles: Poetics of Motion and Being in the Iliad
William Tyson Hausdoerffer

William Tyson Hausdoerffer holds an MA in Classics from the University of Colorado and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at several universities over the past decade, including appointments in a number of departments at Western. He has translated Homer, has published numerous scholarly articles, and has given frequent professional addresses. His languages include French, Greek and Latin. He is on the faculty of of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University.

All in the Family: Parents and Children in Modern Poetry
Jan Schreiber

Jan Schreiber published Sparring with the Sun, a collection of essays on twentieth-century poets and theories of poetry, in 2013. His poems have appeared in many journals in Canada, England, and the United States as well as both print and on-line anthologies. Previous books of poetry include Digressions, Wily Apparitions, Bell Buoys, and two books of translations: A Stroke upon the Sea and Sketch of a Serpent. His newest collection is Peccadilloes (2014). A previous Poet Laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts, he is also a co-founder of the Symposium on Poetry Criticism at Writing the Rockies.

Yeats and His Questions
Robert B. Shaw

Poet and critic Robert B. Shaw is the author of seven collections of poetry, including A Late Spring, and After (2016); Aromatics (2011, co-winner of The Poets’ Prize); and Solving For X (2002), which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. A widely read critic, he has published The Call of God: The Theme of Vocation in the Poetry of Donne and Herbert (1981) and Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use (2007), which received the Robert Fitzgerald Award. Shaw has received Shenandoah’s James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. From 1983 to 2016 he taught at Mount Holyoke College, where he is now the Emily Dickinson Professor of English.

The Contemporary Ode
Susan Delaney Spear

Susan Delaney Spear, poet and librettist, holds an MFA in poetry with an emphasis in verse-craft from Western State Colorado University. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. Her poems have appeared in many journals, and her first collection, Beyond All Bearing, is available from Wipf and Stock. She serves as the Managing Editor of Think, a journal of poetry, reviews, and criticism, housed at Western State.

Lists in Poetry and the Poetry of Lists
D.H. Tracy

Poet, critic, and editor D. H. (Dillon) Tracy earned an MFA at Boston University. He is a founding editor of Antilever Press, a non-profit publisher of poetry and criticism based in Champaign, Illinois. His debut poetry book Janet’s Cottage was awarded the New Criterion Poetry Prize.