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Author's Forum Presents: The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
12:00 AM
Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University Ave., Library Gallery, Room 100

A Conversation with Laurence Joseph and Laurence Goldstein.

The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose presents works by prominent poet and lawyer Lawrence Joseph that focus on poetry and poetics, and on what it is to be a poet. Joseph takes the reader through the aesthetics of modernism and postmodernism, a lineage that includes Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Gertrude Stein, switching critical tracks to major European poets like Eugenio Montale and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and back to American masters like James Schuyler and Adrienne Rich.

Always discerning, especially on issues of identity, form, and the pressures of history and politics, Joseph places his own poetry within its critical contexts, presenting narratives of his life in Detroit, where he grew up, and in Manhattan, where he has lived for 30 years. These pieces also portray Joseph’s Lebanese, Syrian, and Catholic heritages, and his life as a lawyer, distinguished law professor, and legal scholar.

-University of Michigan Press

Lawrence Joseph was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1948. His grandparents, Lebanese and Syrian Catholics, were among the first Arab-American emigrants to Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a BA in English Literature in1970. In 1970 he also received first prize for poetry in the major Hopwood Awards and was awarded the Power Foundation Fellowship to Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, where he received a BA and a MA in English Language and Literature. He then attended the University of Michigan Law School, receiving a J.D. in 1975. He has been Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York City since 1987, where he teaches courses on labor and employment and tort and compensation law, legal theory, jurisprudence, and law and interpretation, subjects which he also has written and lectured on. Joseph has published five widely acclaimed books of poetry. His book Lawyerland, a book of prose, is being developed into a film. 

Laurence Goldstein is a poet, editor, and professor in the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1943, he received a BA from UCLA in 1965 and a PhD from Brown University in 1970. From 1977 to 2009, Goldstein was the chief editor of Michigan Quarterly Review, an academic journal featuring new writing by prominent critics, essayists, poets, and fiction writers. Goldstein has written and/or edited several books of literary criticism (including work on romantic poetry, technology and literature, and film and literature), and published four volumes of poetry: Altamira (1978); The Three Gardens(1987); Cold Reading (1995); and A Room in California (2005).