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About the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series

Serving the communities of OU and central Oklahoma, the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series 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: poetry can be 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 toda

Building on the legacy of OU's Contemporary Authors Series (directed by James Yoch), the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series was cofounded 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). Chris Hollen is presently the series's Assistant Director. The series has been sponsored by the Everett Family Fund, the OU College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

Spring 2020 Calendar of Events

This Spring 2020, the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series threw our first two virtual/online poetry events! In April, the MAEPS co-sponsored a virtual open mic with OU Write Club, featuring Spoken Word Poet Rudy Francisco. We also hosted our first online poetry reading with guests Iliana Rocha and Janine Joseph. Look for more events this Fall 2020!


Julie Dawkins | Jan. 21 | Bartlett Room, OUMM


Jeff Martin | Feb. 20 | Mainsite Contemporary Art

Emergence Anthology Poetry Reading | Feb. 27| Norman Public Library Central


Paul Juhasz | March 24 | (This event was canceled—look for Paul in our Fall 2020 events!)


Janine Joseph and Iliana Rocha | April 21 | Online via Zoom

Virtual Open mic feat. Rudy Francisco | April 23 | Online via Zoom

Join us this Fall 2020 for a semester filled with poetry! See our Facebook page for timely details on each event:

Past Events: Fall 2019

Join us for a semester filled with poetry! See our Facebook page for timely details on each event:


Ken Hada | Sept. 10 | Mainsite Gallery

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | Sept. 18 | Regents and Associates Rooms, OU Memorial Union


Sarah McKinstry-Brown | Oct. 2 | Mainsite Gallery

US-China Poetics Dialog | Oct. 8 and 9 | Various locations

Kyle Schlesinger | Oct. 10 | Associates Room, OU Memorial Union

Mary Gray and Logan White | Oct. 23 | Mainsite Gallery

Alexander Dickow | Oct. 29 | The Depot


Bocafloja | Nov. 6 | Scholars Room, OU Memorial Union

Laura Da | Nov. 14 | Mainsite Gallery

Mark Allen Everett Visiting Poets, 2007-2020

Hugh Tribbey     |    Zhang Er    |    Lorna Dee Cervantes    |    Barbara Daniels   

Grant Jenkins and Cheryl Pallant    |    Tod Marshall    |    Charles Alexander 

Kimberly Roppolo    |    JL Jacobs    |    Jim Barnes    |    Adrienne Willi    |    Mary Gray 

Steve Sexton     |    Kacy Beck    |    Justin Massey    |    John Blake Wolf   

Evan Noble    |    Yun Wang    |    Sarah Dorn    |    Natasha Trethewey

George Bilgere    |    Michelle Yeh    |    Glenn Mott    |    Afaa Michael Weaver

Stanley Lombardo    |    Judith Roitman    |    Hank Lazer    |    Keorapetse Kgositsile

Myung Mi Kim    |    Joseph Harrington    |    Mei Mei Berssenbrugge   

Carolyne Wright    |    Tom Raworth    |    Gerald Stern    |    Anne Marie Macari

Wolfgang Kubin    |    Kate Greenstreet    |    Wang Jiaxin    |    Jim McCrary

Kyle Schlesinger    |    James Yeary    |    David Abel    |    Joshua Edwards     

Lynn Xu    |    Megan Kaminski    |    Lisa Lewis    |    Rose McLarney    |    Zack Rogow 

Anne Waldman    |    JD Whitney    |    Mike Angelotti     |    Freeda Richardson

Jaap Blonk    |    Chad Reynolds    |    Albert Goldbarth    |    Matt Henriksen

Sara Nicolson C. Violet Eaton    |    Jessica Isaacs    |    Pierre Joris   

Benjamin Myers    |    Simon Ortiz    |    Devin Smith    |    Wai-lim Yip    |    Sly Alley

Paul Austin    |    Xi Chuan    |    Natalie Diaz    |    Craig Dworkin   

Stephen Fredman    |    Wang Guangming    |    Joy Harjo    |    Joe Harrington

Tim Lantz    |    erica lewis    |    Denis Mair    |    Brent Newsom   

Alan Michael Parker    |    Li Songtao    |    Arthur Sze    |    Timothy Bradford

Jason Poudrier    |    bruce bond    |    Lowell Jaeger    |    Robert Dale Parker

Lewis Freedman    |    Quraysh Ali Lansana    |    Matt Guenette    |    Tammy Ho

Xi Xi    |    Ilya Kaminsky    |    Eileen Tabios    |    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Ron Silliman    |    Bojan Louis    |    Ken Hada    |    marcelo hernandez castillo

Julie Dawkins    |    Jeff Martin    |    Paul Juhasz    |    Janine Joseph    | Iliana Rocha


U.S.-China Poetry Dialogue

The US-China Poetry Dialogue, sponsored by the Institute for US-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma and the Poetry Institute of China, brings international, national and regional poets together for a week of travel, public conversations, readings, and workshops across different regions in the United States and in China. The dialogue on odd years brings these poets and scholars from the US and China to the University of Oklahoma in the United States, and on even years to Beijing University in China. The focus of the dialogue is to discuss the state of poetry, literature, and art in the US and China, while also exploring the role of arts in cross-cultural communication and understanding.

According to the Dialogue Director Jonathan Stalling: “The Newman US-China Poetry Dialogue was created in the belief that US-China relations cannot be built upon business and policy transactions alone. Rather, we must draw on our shared experiences of what matters most to us, and be cognizant of what could be lost. Literature, especially poetry, can give us insight into the future of our relationship, one that flickers into view in the partial light of our hopes and fears. Poetry has been and remains a vibrant force in both China and the US and provides both nations with a shared cultural space, a public square within which people can share and contest ideas but also find the quiet, personal moments that form the foundation of human flourishing.”

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