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Mark Nowak to Present Keynote Address at Poetry & Revolution International Conference in London

Mark Nowak, director of the Master of Arts in Writing Program, will be a keynote speaker at the Poetry & Revolution International Conference at Birkbeck University of London. The conference, which runs from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, is co-organized and supported by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre.

"I'm honored to have been invited to give a reading and talk at this timely conference in London," said Nowak.

According to the conference website. "The current crisis makes it possible to think what couldn't be thought before, which has always been the task of poetry. With its echoes of previous crises of modern society, it places on the agenda a reappraisal of revolutionary art from the point of view of the necessities of the present."

Nowak will give his keynote address on Sunday, along with immigrant workers from United Migrant Worker Education Project.

"From Tahir Square in Egypt to Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the recent past has seen a resurgence in social movements aimed at democracy, transparency, and emancipation," Nowak said. "I'm thrilled to be expanding my NYC-based creative writing workshops with Domestic Workers United to the UK with scheduled poetry workshops with service sector workers via the United Migrant Worker Education Project and Justice for Domestic Workers. In lieu of my own conference talk, workers from the two workshops will join me in sharing their poems and talking about the role of creativity and creative writing in the new social movements."

For more information about the conference, please visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/news/Poetry_and_Revolution_conference