Poetry Reading with Iris Jamahl Dunkle

University of Oklahoma
Western History Collections
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452

The Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series presents the award-winning literary biographer, essayist, and poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle. Dunkle will read from West: Fire: Archive a poetry collection that challenges preconceived, androcentric ideas about biography, autobiography, and history fueled by the western myth of progress presented in Frederick Jackson Turner’s “frontier thesis.” She will also read from her recent biography on Charmian Kittredge London and will speak about her latest project; a biography on the novelist Sanora Babb (1907-2005).

About the Author

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the author four poetry collections, including Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer.  She teaches at Napa Valley College and was the 2017–2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, California.

Serving the communities of OU and central Oklahoma, the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series (MAEPS) strives to connect readers to contemporary poetry and poetics by giving students and residents alike an opportunity to listen to and speak with poets from all over the United States and beyond. The poetry universe is diverse, teeming with different styles, philosophies, politics, and worldviews, but one thing draws it together: a poetry reading is a performance, and in the act of its verbal offering, poetry gives rise to its own social space and time. A poetry reading offers readers a chance to not only hear poetry (“sounds in time”), but to experience poetry with others, a quite different experience from the solitary act of reading. Every semester, the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series offers Oklahomans the opportunity to become a part of this unique and exciting social space, to purchase poetry books (and have them signed), and to join the ongoing conversations that give life to poetry today.

Building on the legacy of OU’s Contemporary Authors Series (directed by James Yoch), the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series was co-founded in 2007 by Jonathan Stalling (Director) and Nancy Yoch. During its first two years the series was codirected by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (2007–2008) and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish (2009–2010). It is currently run by Jonathan Stalling, Crag Hill, Todd Fuller, Timothy Bradford, and Sara Wilson. The series is sponsored by the Everett Family Fund, the OU College of Arts and Sciences, and the OU College of International Studies. In the past, the MAEPS has been sponsored by the OU Honors College, World Literature Today, the SOUNDS OUT Poetry Series of the OU Expository Writing Program, the FOCAS Lecture Series, and the OU Department of English, as well as the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.