Lunch and Learn: “Poetry – Not Just a Day Job”

In celebration of National Poetry Month, two Department of English, Literature, and World Languages faculty, Dr. John Cullen and Dr. Deirdre Fagan, will be presenting a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, April 10th entitled “Poetry: Not Just a Day Job.” During their presentation, Professors Cullen and Fagan, who are both published poets, will discuss poetry and the stereotypes about poets. Below is a short description of what their presentation will cover.

“Some of us imagine poets as men and women sitting all day at desks looking out the window to create poetry out of thin air. Some of us imagine poets as men and women carousing all night in opium dens or honky tonk bars to become inspired to write poems about broken relationships and deflated dreams. Some of us imagine poets as sitting on hilltops surrounded by serene landscapes receiving messages from the gods. These impressions may relate to the lives of some poets, but many poets have worked regular and surprisingly unrelated jobs much of their lives and made room for their imaginings in late night or weekend writing sessions. In this presentation, we will look at the intersection of “real life” and poetry in the works of several contemporary poets. It seems it is quite possible to work a ‘real job’ during the day but by night perform as a serious writer, somewhat in the same way Bruce Wayne turns in his suit and tie at the end of the day for his cape and the Batmobile.”

To learn more, please join us for the Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 10th from 11:00am till 11:50am in Pickell’s Conference Room. As usual, pizza from Jets pizza will be provided for those who sign up beforehand. Please make sure to sign before noon on Monday, April 9th by emailing