Norton Literature Events

Engage with top writers, poets, and teachers—including Norton's award-winning authors and editors—for thought provoking talks and student lectures throughout the academic year.

Featured Events

Teaching the New and Unfamiliar with The Norton Anthology of American Literature

With Robert Levine and Edward Whitley

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Have you found yourself having to prepare to teach a new author or work that you are unfamiliar with? This workshop will uncover strategies for how to use The Norton Anthology of American Literature and the accompanying instructor’s guide to tackle this common challenge.

Hosts Robert Levine (general editor of the anthology) and Edward Whitley (author of the instructor’s guide) will share their own classroom experiences teaching outside their comfort zones, and strategies that can help all instructors, from the newest adjuncts to the most experienced chairs.

Robert and Edward will also answer questions from the audience in an open Q&A. The event will be recorded and attendees will be able to receive a certificate of attendance.

Poets on Poetry-Golden Shovel Poetry

With Evie Shockley and Kelly Mays

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Join celebrated poet Evie Shockley and Norton author Kelly Mays for a lively conversation about reading and writing poetry, with a special focus on golden shovel, a poetic form created in homage to Gwendolyn Brooks.

The event will consist of a half hour of conversation between Mays and Shockley and will conclude with an open Q&A where members of the audience can ask their own questions.

All students, faculty, and poetry lovers are welcome.

All registrants will receive a recording of the event so please register if you're interested, even if you cannot attend live.

Death and the King's Horseman

With editor Simon Gikandi

A Conversation with Rita Dove

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Archived Events

"Engaging Students in American Literature" Hosted by editors Robert Levine and GerShun Avilez

"Helping English Majors Pivot from College to Career." Hosted by Cathy Day, Ball State University

This workshop emphasizes how faculty members have an important role to play in professionalizing English majors, and shares best practices for maintaining strong English enrollments and aiding in graduates' success.

"Teaching Challenging Poems: Race, Appropriation and the Elegy." Hosted by Paisely Rekdal, University of Utah

This workshop explores the complex and sometimes incendiary ways that three contemporary poets have depicted race, racism, and their own identity formation.

"Transforming the Canon: The Challenge of World Literature." Hosted by Martin Puchner, Harvard University

In this online event, Martin Puchner discusses reimagining the English Department as a center of world literature—with practical steps that departments and faculty members can take to effect this transformation.

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Image Credits: (Line and Dots) iStockPhoto.com/Ani_Ka; (Whitley Photo) Photo by Michael Blackstone; (Levine Photo) Photo by James Ferry; (Harjo Photo) Photo by Shawn Miller; (Betts Photo) Photo by Mamadi Doumbouya; (Wilson Photo) Photo by Ralph Rosen; (Dove Photo) Photo by Fred Viebahn; (Mays Photo) Photo by Apisit Lim; (Shockley Photo) Photo by Nancy Crampton.