'Making Signs that Sing': Lecture by Heather Maring and Homecoming Writing Awards

Cover of "Signs that Sing" by Heather Maring

Medievalist and poet Heather Maring, an assistant professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University, gives a talk on the craft and process of writing. Following Maring’s presentation, winners of English's Homecoming Writing Awards will be announced and will read from their work.

Refreshments will be served.

"Making Signs that Sing"
How do writers use words on the page to speak to and with their audiences? In her book, "Signs that Sing: Hybrid Poetics in Old English Verse" (2017), Maring describes how early medieval poets combined aspects of their oral traditions, liturgies, and written traditions to make poems densely wrought with meaning. In her talk, she will link her research on these early poems to her process of writing both academic prose and creative poems.

Maring's other specialties are poetry, poetics and oral traditions. Her poems have appeared in The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and other journals. She also served as a contributing editor on UNESCO's project to create a manual on oral traditions and expressions. She was awarded a Faculty Fellowship by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 2010.

This event is part of Come Home to English 2017, a celebration of ASU Homecoming hosted by the Department of English.

Kristen LaRue-Sandler
Department of English
Ross-Blakley Hall, room 117