College of Arts and Sciences

George Kalamaras

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Distinguished Lecturers

“The Sacred and the Profane: Surrealist Poetry and the Dissolution of Dichotomy”
George Kalamaras

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Liberal Arts Building, Room 159

7:30 p.m.
Host Department: English and Linguistics


George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990. He is the author of six books of poetry, four of which are full-length, Gold Carp Jack Fruit Mirrors (The Bitter Oleander Press, forthcoming 2008), Even the Java Sparrows Call Your Hair (Quale Press, 2004), Borders My Bent Toward (Pavement Saw Press, 2003), and The Theory and Function of Mangoes (Four Way Books, 2000), which won the Four Way Books Intro Series Award.

Several hundred of his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States, Canada, Greece, India, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, including The Best American Poetry 1997, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, New Letters, Sulfur, TriQuarterly, and others, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish.

A long-time practitioner of yogic meditation, he is also the author of a 1994 scholarly book on Hindu mysticism and Western language theory from State University of New York Press, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence. His scholarly articles on poetics, rhetoric, and composition have appeared in The International Journal of Hindu Studies, College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, English Education, Factorial (Japan), Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere.

He is the recipient of Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and the Indiana Arts Commission (2001), and first prize in the 1998 Abiko Quarterly International Poetry Prize (Japan). During 1994, he spent several months in India on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation and the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture.